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Chief Justice Roberts in His Own Voice: The Chief Justice's Self-Assignment of Majority Opinions


Linda Greenhouse


Yale Law School

August 15, 2013

Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 496

Abstract:     
Among the most significant prerogatives that a chief justice enjoys is the power to assign an opinion when in the majority. While The Behavior of Federal Judges only briefly alludes to "a self-expression component of the judicial utility function" for Supreme Court justices, I will indulge the assumption that there is something special about a chief justice’s choice of when to speak for the Court. In this essay, I examine the current chief justice’s practice of self-assigning majority opinions, with the goal of comparing his performance to the general patterns established by other chief justices.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: Supreme Court, Chief Justice

JEL Classification: D70, D73

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Date posted: February 5, 2014 ; Last revised: April 22, 2014

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Greenhouse, Linda, Chief Justice Roberts in His Own Voice: The Chief Justice's Self-Assignment of Majority Opinions (August 15, 2013). Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 496. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2390714 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2390714

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