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NLJ's Tony Mauro talks to Snyder about Chief Justice Roberts

What makes Chief Justice John Roberts tick? The National Law Journal's Tony Mauro talked to the UW Law School's Brad Snyder to find out.

In particular, Mauro was interested in Professor Snyder's forthcoming article in, the Ohio State Law Journal, that suggests Roberts might have been influenced more by his clerkship with Judge Henry Friendly on the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals than by his clerkship with then-Associate Justice (later Chief Justice) William Rehnquist.  Snyder's article The Judicial Genealogy (and Mythology) of John Roberts: Clerkships from Gray to Brandeis to Friendly to Roberts is available here.

Professor Snyder's research draws on correspondence between Roberts and Friendly, documents that were only recently made available by the Harvard Law School Library. He concludes that, although Roberts certainly was influenced by his time with Justice Rehnquist, it was Judge Friendly who was Roberts's judicial mentor.

The article is available here, although parts of it are made available only to subscribers. 

Submitted by UW Law School News on October 28, 2016

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