Chief Justice: Lawyers Should Mend Partisan Divide

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August 11, 2014 AT 11:10 AM
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Monday, said lawyers should play a key role in mitigating the "sharp partisan divides" that have shaken public faith in government. In a rare public speaking event before the ABA that focused on the historical significance of the Magna Carta, an English charter that turns 800 next year he said, "Lawyers fulfill their professional calling to its fullest extent when they rise above particular partisan debates and participate as problem solvers." Roberts, who was appointed chief justice by then-President George W. Bush in 2005, said lawyers can help bridge the chronic partisan bickering that has gridlocked Washington in recent years "simply by helping the public understand the nature of the role that courts play in civil life, a role distinct from that of the political branches."