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hail to the chief

8 October, 2008

Last Thursday, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts visited Drake. I didn’t get to have breakfast with him or anything, but it was definitely enjoyable to spend an hour in a question and answer session.

I think my favorite quote from the Chief Justice was: “If you’re going to be a judge, might as well be a justice on the Supreme Court. If you’re going to be a justice on the Supreme Court, might as well be the Chief Justice.” It was a candid and humorous moment, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well he did with us crazy law students.

His speech in the afternoon was good too, but it seemed a little safe. His responses in the Q & A session were much better. Overall, it was a good visit, and something I am sure I will remember forever!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Amber permalink
    8 October, 2008 4:57 pm

    What a great experience!

  2. A.T. permalink
    9 October, 2008 2:25 pm

    Is it just me, or does he look like the Perdue chicken guy on the commercials? How fun to have him speak at your school! (Although the Perdue chicken guy might have a few interesting things to say too.)

  3. 9 October, 2008 2:31 pm

    Amber: It really was! 🙂

    Aunt Tine: Huh. I never noticed that before…

  4. 9 October, 2008 5:33 pm

    I listened to the hearings before he became Cheif Justice. I enjoyed listening to those and i remember thinking the same things; “safe” and “candid.” He never tripped over himself nor did any of his responses sound contrived.

    I approve.

  5. 9 October, 2008 8:24 pm

    They definitely didn’t seem contrived, but it was interesting that a lot of what he talked about at the Q & A session was what he talked about at those hearings. He knows his stuff, that’s for sure!

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