At the end of John Roberts Jr.'s first full year as chief justice, his tenure is taking shape, framed by sometimes conflicting goals of collegiality, continuity and change. His imprint on the Supreme Court as an institution has been measured in small increments so far, as the realization sets in that major change -- such as increasing the size of the Court's docket and reforming the law-clerk pooling arrangement -- may take years to accomplish. But Roberts seems to be pacing himself for the long haul.
A Matter of Degrees: Roberts Taking His Time to Reshape High Court
December 29, 2006