• The 2018 Stein Lecture: John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States

  • When

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    4:00 pm to 5:15 pm


    Northrop Carlson Family Stage

    84 Church Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

Video: View a video recording of this event on our YouTube channel.

John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, was born in Buffalo, New York, January 27, 1955. He married Jane Marie Sullivan in 1996 and they have two children - Josephine and Jack. 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 United States 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 was Special Assistant to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1981–1982, Associate Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, White House Counsel’s Office from 1982–1986, and Principal Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1989–1993. From 1986–1989 and 1993–2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. President George W. Bush nominated him as Chief Justice of the United States, and he took his seat September 29, 2005.

Photo: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

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Due to popular demand, all tickets have been claimed for this lecture. We request that if you have reserved a ticket and can no longer attend, please follow the instructions below to release your reservation. You can cancel tickets up until the day of the event.

  • Instructions to Release a Ticket: Have your ticket information available. The Northrop Box Office will request your name, order number, and bar code number. You may contact Northrop with this information at 612-624-2345 or; Monday-Friday, 10 a..m.-5 p.m. 


We want to make picking up your tickets as easy as possible. All Will Call tickets should be picked up from the East or West Box Office. We highly encourage you to pick up your tickets early and not wait until right before the lecture. Please have your photo I.D. ready. The box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you selected Print at Home delivery for your order be sure to print your tickets before arriving at Northrop. Tickets can not be scanned from a mobile device. If you have trouble printing your tickets please call the box office at 612-624-2345 for assistance.

For additional questions regarding your registration, please contact:
U of M Tickets and Events Ticket Office, Northrop
Phone: 612-624-2345
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Rules of courtroom decorum will be followed. No purses, backpacks, bags, umbrellas, cell phones, cameras, or recording devices will be allowed in the lecture hall. We encourage you not to bring them. Coat check will be available if needed.

Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Please plan to arrive early and be seated by 3:45 p.m. for the event to start on time at 4 p.m. No unfilled seats will be allowed to be saved. 

Sponsored By

Professor Robert A. Stein, class of 1961, dean of the Law School for 15 years, and former chief operating officer of the American Bar Association, generously endowed this lecture series to enrich the program of the Law School by inviting leaders of the bench and bar and of the governments of the United States and other nations to deliver an annual lecture on a topic of national or international interest. 


No Cost; Ticket required for admission. All seating is General Admission.


1.25 Standard CLE credit has been approved; Event Code #263085


Reception to follow lecture in the Northrop Atrium.

Surdyk’s Cafe will be open prior to the lecture. Please note that per Northrop policy, no food or beverages except bottled water are allowed in the lecture hall. 

Parking Information

We advise you to arrive early as space fills quickly during all events. Please keep in mind that University parking garages and ramps are CASH OR CHECK ONLY facilities. If you need to be dropped off in front of Northrop, inform a police officer on duty on Church Street and follow the “Accessibility Drop-off” signs. Also note that the Church Street area has been redesigned and may not look familiar.

Visit Parking and Transportation Services for more information. Northrop has a wide variety of parking locations and transportation options to choose from. For busing, visit the Metro Transit website or take the light rail in on the Metro Transit Green Line.

Accessibility Information

Elevators are located on both the west and east side of the building, and all levels are accessible via these elevators. Wheelchair seating is available upon request when purchasing your ticket.

Listening assistance devices and other services are available upon request at Coat Check.

Please let us know if we can help you with any additional accessible services by contacting U of M Tickets and Events at 612-624-2345 or at, or asking an usher at an event.

Contact Information

Laura Walton
(612) 624-1885

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