Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts will speak at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York on Friday, May 17, 2013. Chief Justice Roberts is a native of western New York—he was born in Buffalo in 1955. Raised in New York and then in Indiana, he attended Harvard University, earning an A.B. degree in 1976 and a J.D. degree in 1979.
John Roberts was a law clerk in New York City for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979–1980 and then a law clerk at the Supreme Court for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist during the 1980 Term.
Following his clerkships, Mr. Roberts was Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States from 1981–1982; Associate Counsel to President Reagan, White House Counsel’s Office, from 1982–1986; and Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the U.S., U.S. Department of Justice, from 1989–1993. From 1986–1989 and 1993–2003, Mr. Roberts practiced law in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Roberts became a federal judge when he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Judge Roberts to serve as Chief Justice of the United States. He took his seat on September 29, 2005.
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