A newer version of the Flash Player is required to view this encrypted video/audio stream.
A Conversation with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.-Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, Ann Arbor, Mi
For simplicity of viewing, we have marked the times and summarized the questions.
00:00 - Dean Caminker welcomes the audience and introduces Chief Justice Roberts
08:44 - Chief Justice Roberts' opening remarks
13:28 - Was there a "big surprise" when you began your job as Chief Justice?
17:04 - What experiences or habits of mind would make for a good Supreme Court Justice?
20:30 - Is there a role for empathy in appellate decision making, particularly on the Supreme Court?
25:10 - Have there been any "oh my gosh" moments when you realized you had a really big case on your hands? How did that affect your decision-making?
30:59 - How can a Chief Justice encourage more of a consensus on the Court?
33:58 - Would we be better off with a court that agrees about how to look at a case, or are we better off with a court whose justices use a diverse array of interpretive methods and techniques?
37:00 - Is this a good time to be Chief Justice? If you could pick any era in which to be Chief Justice, what era would you choose and why?
41:25 - How much has your documented lack of basketball skill damaged your credibility with your fellow Justices?