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John C. Roberts

  • Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
  • Emeritus
  • (312) 362-8776
  • ​821 O'Malley Place
Professor Roberts was dean of DePaul University College of Law from 1986 to 1996, after serving as dean of Wayne State University Law School for six years. He was a communications lawyer with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and general counsel to the Senate Armed Services Committee during the Carter Administration. Professor Roberts was also associate dean of Yale Law School from 1971 to 1977, where he taught administrative law and broadcast regulation. He also served for a year as vice president for University Advancement at DePaul. His current research interests center on telecommunications and statutory interpretation issues.


BS, Northwestern University; LLB, Yale University

Courses Taught

  • Administrative Process
  • Legislative Process
  • Telecommunications Law & Policy
  • Telecommunications Seminar


  • Articles
  • Miscellaneous


2014 The Struggle over Executive Appointments, 2014 Utah L. Rev. 725 (2014) string;#Click Here
2013 Gridlock and Senate Rules, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 2189 (2013) string;#Click Here
2004 Majority Voting in Congress: Further Notes on the Constitutionality of the Senate Cloture Rule, 20 J.L. & Pol. 505 (2004). string;#Click Here
2003 With E. Chemerinsky, Entrenchment of Ordinary Legislation: A Reply to Professors Posner and Vermeule, 91 Cal. L. Rev. 1775 (2003). string;#Click Here
2001 Are Congressional Committees Constitutional?: Radical Textualism, Separation of Powers, and the Enactment Process, 52 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 489 (2001). string;#Click Here
2000 The Sources of Statutory Meaning: An Archaeological Case Study of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, 53 SMU L. Rev. 143 (2000). string;#Click Here
1985 Use of the Administrative Process to Redress Discrimination in the United States (Discrimination and the Law: a Comparative Law Seminar), 7 Urb. L. & Pol'y 277 (1985). string;#
1983 Preface (1982 Annual Survey of Michigan Law), 29 Wayne L. Rev XII (1983). string;#Click Here
1980 Gender-Based Draft Registration, Congressional Policy and Equal Protection: A Proposal for Deferential Middle-Tier Review, 27 Wayne L. Rev. 35 (1980). string;#Click Here
1967 Civil Restraint, Mental Illness, and The Right to Treatment, 77 Yale L.J. 87 (1967). string;#Click Here


2003 Dishonest Communications Reform, Chi. Trib., June 4, 2003 at 25. string;#Click Here
2003 With James Speta, SBC’s Legislative Triumph is Simply Breathtaking, Chicago Sun-Times, May 14, 2003 at 49. string;#Click Here
1998 We the People Must Decide Clinton’s Fate, Chi. Trib., Sept. 23, 1998. string;#
1994 Why Not a Politician for the Supreme Court?, Christian Science Monitor, June 2, 1994 at 19. string;#Click Here
1994 With William J. Bauer et al., A Tribute to Leonard M. King, 8 CBA Record 32, April, 1994. string;#
1991 No Virginia, There Aren't Too Many Lawyers, Chi. Law., Oct. 1991 at 10. string;#Click Here
1990 A Marshall Plan of Ideas, Christian Science Monitor, April 13, 1990 at 19. string;#Click Here
1989 Panama: Legality and the Use of Force; But Not for Propping up Endara, Washington Post, Dec. 24, 1989 at C-7. string;#Click Here
1987 With Donald H.J. Hermann, A Freedom Physicians Shouldn't Have, Chi. Tribune, Aug. 9, 1987. string;#Click Here
1987 DePaul Law Looks Ahead, DePaul University Magazine, Winter 1987-88 at 17. string;#
1986 The Future of DePaul, DePaul L. Mag., 1986 at 4. string;#
1984 Would-Be Fiscal Magicians Fail (Commentary on proposed constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget), Detroit Free Press, Sept.12, 1984. string;#
1983 Legislative Veto Decision Enforced by the Constitution, Detroit News, July 28, 1983. string;#
1982 Is The U.S. Defenseless Without MX Missiles?, Detroit Free Press, Nov. 30,1982. string;#
1982 ELF's Expensive Unwelcome: Will It Soon Be Obsolete?, Detroit Free Press, June 1,1982. string;#
1982 Defense: We Can Be Just as Secure for Less Money, Detroit Free Press, Mar. 15, 1982; Providence Journal-Bulletin, Apr. 3, 1982. string;#
1981 U.S. Defense Strategy Heads the Wrong Way, Detroit Free Press, Oct. 27, 1981. string;#
1981 Another View of the Neutron Bomb, Detroit News, Aug. 28, 1981. string;#
1981 Developments in Civil Commitment (Presented before a meeting of the Michigan Psychiatric Society) Traverse City, MI, Aug. 1981. string;#
1981 Assessing the Odds and Trying to Win the Puzzling MX Missile "Shell Game", Providence Journal-Bulletin, July 4, 1981. string;#
1981 Voluntary Forces Provide Limited Defense, Detroit Free Press, Apr. 16, 1981. string;#
1980 Legal Education at Wayne, Wayne L. (Winter 1980-81). string;#
1975 The Bar and the Law Schools, Yale L. Rep. (Winter 1975-76). string;#
1964 James Eads, Master Builder, Navy, 1964. string;#
1964 Gunboats and the River War, 1861-65, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 1964. string;#