The newest justice, in august company


John G. Roberts Jr. ’79 is the first graduate of Harvard Law School to become chief justice of the United States.

He takes his place with 18 other HLS alumni who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. 1866, Louis D. Brandeis 1877 and Felix Frankfurter 1906 (all pictured with Roberts, right), the HLS legacy includes current justices Antonin Scalia ’60, Anthony M. Kennedy ’61, David H. Souter ’66 and Stephen G. Breyer ’64.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended HLS from 1956 to 1958 but graduated from Columbia.


Dictum: Can you name the other 10?



1. Benjamin R. Curtis 1832
2. Horace Gray 1849 
3. Melville Weston Fuller (1854-55)
4. Henry B. Brown (attended 1859)
5. William H. Moody (1876-77)
6. Edward T. Sanford 1889
7. Harold H. Burton ’12
8. William J. Brennan Jr. ’31
9. Harry A. Blackmun ’32
10. Lewis F. Powell Jr. LL.M. ’32