Former Hogan & Hartson Partner John G. Roberts, Jr. Confirmed as Chief Justice of the United States
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2005 — Former Hogan & Hartson LLP partner John G. Roberts, Jr. has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 17th Chief Justice of the United States. The Supreme Court will begin its nine-month term on Monday, October 3.
"We are incredibly proud that our friend and the former leader of our appellate practice is now the leader of our nation's highest court," said J. Warren Gorrell, Jr., chairman of Hogan & Hartson.
Chief Justice Roberts joined Hogan & Hartson's Washington, D.C. office in 1986 as an associate and became a partner in 1988. He built a strong civil litigation practice focused on appellate matters. He left the firm in 1989 to accept an appointment as principal deputy solicitor general of the United States, where he remained until 1993, at which time he returned to Hogan & Hartson to lead the firm's appellate practice group. He has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since June 2003.
Chief Justice Roberts received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979 and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1976. He was a law clerk for The Honorable Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979 to 1980, and for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1980 to 1981. He served as special assistant, U.S. Attorney General, from 1981 to 1982 and as associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1986.