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Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr.

New England Law's Galway program regularly features Supreme Court justices.

New England Law | Boston students learned about the United States Supreme Court from an extraordinary teacher – the Chief Justice himself – in an extraordinary setting – the magnificent campus of the National University of Ireland. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., taught “The United States Supreme Court in Historical Perspective” in July 2009 as part of the law school’s annual summer program in Galway, Ireland.

The course was offered by the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc. (CILE). Students examined how the role and operation of the Supreme Court have changed since the nation’s founding, with particular emphasis on the role of the Chief Justice and the ways that several of the Chief Justices, from John Marshall to William Rehnquist, have influenced the Court’s role. The course also reviewed how advocacy before the Court has changed over time, with particular emphasis on some of the most effective advocates.