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The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr : A Biographical Sketch Of The 17th Chief Justice Of The United States

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The 59 year old John Glover Roberts Jr, was born on January 27, 1955 in Buffalo, New York. He was the only son of John G. “Jack” Glover Sr. and Rosemary Podrasky Roberts. His ancestry being Irish, Welsh, and Czech (O'Dowd).
In 1959 his family moved to Long Beach, Indiana where he attended first, a Catholic Elementary School (Notre Dame), and then a private Catholic boarding school (La Lumiere in La Porte, Indiana). John then entered Harvard with aspirations of becoming a history professor. After graduating from Harvard, summa cum laude, after only three years, He then attended the School of Law at Harvard. It was at Harvard law school that John discovered his passion for law and graduated, magna cum laude, with a J.D. In 1979. While at Harvard Law School he also he was also the managing editor of the Harvard Law Review (John Roberts Biography).
John married Jane Sullivan in 1996. Jane is an attorney, and like John, a devout Catholic. In fact, Jane is a trustee at her alma matter, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. John and Jane have two adopted children John (Jack) 13 and Josephine (Josie) 14. They attend church regularly at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland. Interestingly enough this is the same church the Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife attend. More interestingly, Justice Thomas is also a trustee at his alma matter, The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA (Belluck).
Prior to serving as the Chief Justice of the United States, Roberts served in many positions withing the legal field. Upon graduation for Harvard Law School he served as a law clerk for Judge Henry Friendly on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. After about a year, he clerked for the future Chief Justice, William Rehnquist; who at the time was an Associate Justice. After a year serving as law clerk with Rehnquist, he then in the Reagan administration as a special assistant to the United States Attorney General. After another year in this position he then served as an associate counsel to the President under the White House Counsel for four years (Belluck).
In 1986 after 6 years of public service, he went into private practice as an associate of Washington, D.C. based Hogan and Hartson law firm (Press Release). Roberts stayed at the law firm until 1989 when he left to serve in President George H.W. Bush's administration as a Principal Deputy Solicitor General (Belluck). During this time he was nominated by President Bush to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, but no vote was held in Senate and the nomination expired.
Roberts returned to the Hogan and Hartson law firm in 1993 as a partner eventually becoming head of the firms appellate practice. In addition, he also served during this time as an adjunct member of the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center.
In 2001 then President George W. Bush nominated Roberts for a seat on the D.C. circuit court that had been vacated by James L. Buckley....

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