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Chief Justice Roberts will deliver keynote at 2014 ABA Annual Meeting


Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will speak at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston this summer.

Roberts will talk about the historical and present-day significance of the Magna Carta, kicking off the ABA’s commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the document in 1215, according to a press release.

Roberts will be the keynote speaker on Aug. 11 during a meeting of the ABA’s policy-making House of Delegates. During the meeting, the ABA will introduce a Magna Carta traveling exhibit curated by the Law Library of Congress, according to the ABA’s online information about its Magna Carta activities.

The exhibit will be sent to law schools, courthouses, public libraries and other venues. Next year in June, the ABA will mark the signing of the Magna Carta with programs and continuing legal education sessions in London.

ABA President James R. Silkenat says the ABA is honored by Roberts’ acceptance of the invitation to speak. “The Magna Carta inspired many of the basic constitutional rights we often take for granted, including trial by jury and due process,” Silkenat said in the press release. “We are very pleased that the chief justice will help us mark this watershed occasion.”

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