Chief Justice Roberts Visits University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

(Left to right) Christine M. Durham, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court; John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court; and Scott M. Matheson, Jr. Judge of United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit consider oral arguments.

On April 5, 2011, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., visited the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The Chief Justice maintained a brisk pace during his daylong stay. As the 2011 David T. Lewis Jurist-in-Residence, he presided over the finals of the Traynor Moot Court Competition, sitting alongside Chief Justice Christine Durham and Judge Scott Matheson. He also met with and took questions from Rose Park Elementary students enrolled in the Kids’ Court afterschool program. Roberts also dropped in on a gathering of all of the College’s first-year students, who are in the thick of preparing oral arguments in a hypothetical Title VII religious discrimination case. The Chief Justice presided over oral arguments by third-year teaching assistants, then removed his robe, rolled up his sleeves, and happily took questions from the students, ranging from how the Supreme Court arrives at decisions to how students might best prepare for their impending Constitutional Law exam.

A number of media outlets reported on the visit, including The Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Fox News and ABC 4 News.

A longer feature about Chief Justice Roberts’ visit to the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will be available here in the near future.

Third-year law student Tomu Johnson argues before Chief Justice John Roberts while fellow 3L Jennifer Horne listens intently during a moot court session at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. chats with Rose Park Elementary student Michelle Vazquez enrolled in the College of Law’s Kids’ Court Program.