U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will be visiting The University of Arizona to deliver an address as part of an annual speaker series, and he has also made time to speak with University students.
Roberts' visit is part of a lecture series sponsored by the UA College of Law's nonpartisan Rehnquist Center, which was established in 2006 to honor the legacy of the late William H. Rehnquist.
On Feb. 3, UA students are welcome to attend a conversation with Roberts. The event will be held at the School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Road. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. in the Holsclaw Hall lobby, followed by a discussion with Roberts from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in Crowder Hall.
Then, on Feb. 4, Roberts will speak to a full house at the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law, which is located at 1201 E. Speedway Blvd.
While no more seats are available to the event, which is the third Rehnquist Center Lecture, the law school will stream the lecture live on the Rehnquist Center's Web site and also in classrooms at the law school. Additional information will be available at the College of Law's check-in table in the Lewis and Roca Lobby.
Individuals attending either event should make note of a number of important details.
For the Crowder Hall event, students are encouraged to show up early. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and seating will be served on a first-come, first-seated basis until the hall reaches capacity.
Also, individuals attending both events must enter through security. Students attending the event at Crowder Hall must have UA photo identification.
No purses, backpacks are bags will be allowed at either event and, with the exception of cellular phones – which must be turned off – no laptops and other electronic equipment will be allowed inside the hall.
For the Feb. 4 event, the College of Law will open seats from confirmed guests who do not attend the day of the lecture. Individuals who hope to gain a seat in this way should arrive early at Room 168 and form a line.
Roberts, who was born in New York, earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1976 and earned his doctorate of law degree from Harvard Law School in 1979.
He served as a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979 to 1980. He also served as a law clerk for then Associate Justice Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Roberts was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. President George W. Bush nominated him as Chief Justice of the United States, and he took his seat on Sept. 29, 2005.