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 Judge John G. Roberts

John G. Roberts, Jr. was nominated on September 5, 2005 by President George W. Bush to be Chief Justice of the United States. The President had previously nominated Judge Roberts to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on August 19, 2005. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 2005.

Judge Roberts currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. After President Bush nominated him to his current post in 2001, Roberts was rated “well qualified” by the American Bar Association and the Senate confirmed him by unanimous consent.

Prior to joining the bench, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson LLP, where he headed the firm’s appellate practice.

In 1989, President George H.W. Bush named Judge Roberts Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. In this post, he was responsible for representing the United States government before the Supreme Court.

During his long and distinguished career as an appellate litigator, Roberts argued 39 cases before the High Court, a record unmatched by all but a tiny handful of the 180,000 members of the Supreme Court bar.

Judge Roberts has received the Edmond J. Randolph award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice, and is currently a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Judge Roberts has also been active in his community. He provided pro-bono assistance to the poor, arguing cases before the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts. He has volunteered with student groups and helped educate D.C. public school teachers about the Supreme Court.

Judge Roberts was born in Buffalo, NY. He now lives with his wife and their two children outside of Washington, D.C.



Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit


Principle Deputy Solicitor General of the United States
Appointed by President George H.W. Bush



Hogan & Hartson LLP
Specialized in Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation


Associate Counsel to the President
U.S. President Ronald Reagan



Special Assistant,
U.S. Attorney General William French Smith



Law Clerk, Justice William H. Rehnquist
United States Supreme Court



Law Clerk, The Honorable Henry J. Friendly
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit





Juris Doctorate, Harvard Law School
Graduated magna cum laude
Managing Editor, Harvard Law Review



Bachelor of Arts Degree, Harvard College
Graduated summa cum laude in only 3 years


Information gathered from various news articles and John G. Roberts’ bio at
Hogan & Hartson LLP.

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