Indiana University

Skip to:

  1. Search
  2. Breadcrumb Navigation
  3. Content
  4. Browse by Topic
  5. Services & Resources
  6. Additional Resources
  7. Multimedia News

Media Contacts

Elizabeth A. Allington
Indiana University School of Law -- Indianapolis

Last modified: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chief Justice John G. Roberts to speak at IU School of Law - Indianapolis

Media who wish to attend this event should contact Elizabeth Allington, Office of External Affairs, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis at or 317-278-3038.

March 17, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- When John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, delivers the Ninth Annual James P. White Lecture on Legal Education at the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis on April 7, 2010, he will be the third justice to have that honor, but the first chief justice to participate in the event. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave the inaugural lecture in 2002, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the law school in 2007.

John G. Roberts, Jr.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

"The law school is privileged and honored to have the top jurist in the country, if not the world, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., speaking as part of the prestigious James P. White Lecture on Legal Education series," says Dean Gary R. Roberts of the IU School of Law - Indianapolis. "Our students, faculty, alumni and friends are all eager to hear what the chief justice has to say. We are excited to have a speaker with his knowledge, experience and influence for this occasion."

Attendance at the lecture is by invitation only. There will be limited overflow seating in room 385 of Inlow Hall at 530 West New York Street and a reception in the Conour Atrium after the lecture. The lecture will also be Webcast live through a link on the law school's Web site at

The chief justice was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on January 27, 1955. He attended grade school and high school in Indiana. He married Jane Sullivan in 1996, and they have two children -- Josephine and John. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1976 and a J.D. 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 1979-1980 and as a law clerk for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1980 term. He served as a special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States from 1981-1982, as associate counsel to President Reagan from 1982-1986, and as principal deputy solicitor general from 1989-1993. From 1986-1989 and 1993-2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. He served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2003-2005. Nominated as chief justice of the United States by President George W. Bush, he assumed that office on September 29, 2005.

Upon the occasion of James P. White's retirement as consultant on legal education to the American Bar Association (ABA), members of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and other friends contributed to the establishment of an annual lecture in his honor at the IU School of Law - Indianapolis where he has served on the faculty since 1966. James P. White served as the ABA Consultant on Legal Education from 1974-2000, during which time significant advances took place in legal education.