Lecture Series: Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr.

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John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, will deliver the 2008 Vickers Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Business. He will be the first Chief Justice of the United States to speak at the University.The lecture will be part of a two-day trip to KU for Roberts, during which he will meet with School of Business and School of Law students and faculty. Both schools played a significant role in bringing Roberts to campus. The Vickers Lecture on April 30 will be open to the public and free tickets are available from the Lied Center of Kansas beginning April 1.The Schools of Business and Law worked collaboratively to invite Chief Justice Roberts and to develop a schedule for him that will maximize his time at KU. Dean Fuerst and Gail Agrawal, dean of the law school, discussed various possibilities for the visit. Both agreed that student exposure to the Chief Justice was paramount.Roberts's illustrious career began after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1979. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Throughout the 1980 Term, he served in the same capacity for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States.In 1982, Roberts was appointed to Associate Counsel to President Reagan, a position that he held until 1986, at which point he practiced law in Washington, D.C.After a 10-year stretch in private practice, Roberts served as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2003-2005, which led to his appointment by President George W. Bush as Chief Justice of the United States on September 29, 2005.There will also be a live video feed in 120 Budig Hall.


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