MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. will give the 2006 John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in the Liberal Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 8:15 p.m. in Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Chief Justice Roberts will take questions from the audience after his lecture. The talk is free; see separate story for information on admission procedures and satellite viewing areas.

Chief Justice Roberts

Roberts was nominated by President George W. Bush on Sept. 5, 2005, and confirmed as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Sept. 29. Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree in three years from Harvard College in 1976, and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1979, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review.

In 1980, he spent a year as a clerk to the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1981, Roberts was special assistant to the attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice; from 1982 to 1986, he served as associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan; and from 1989 to 1993, he was principal deputy solicitor general in the U.S. Department of Justice. While a lawyer in private practice at the Washington, D.C.-based firm Hogan & Hartson, Roberts was nominated by Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and sworn in on June 2, 2003.

He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Law Institute, and the Edward Coke Appellate American Inn of Court. He has served on the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

The John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in the Liberal Arts was established at Middlebury College in 1966. The late Alexander Hamilton Fulton, an emeritus member of the Middlebury College board of trustees, donated the gift that established the lectureship, which is named in honor of his father.

Previous Fulton lecturers have included Beverly Sills, James A. Baker III, William H. Rehnquist, Wynton Marsalis and Elie Wiesel.

For more information, contact the Middlebury College Office of Public Affairs at 802-443-5198.