Full Name
The Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr.
Job Title
Counselor to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr
United States Supreme Court
Speaker Bio
Robert Dow, Jr., served as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, one of
the busiest federal trial courts in the country, before being named Counselor to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
As Counselor to the Chief Justice, Judge Dow serves as the Chief Justice’s chief of staff, working in partnership
with court executives and judges on matters of judicial administration, and represents the Chief Justice in relations
with judicial organizations, foreign courts, and visiting dignitaries.

Following law school, he clerked for Judge Joel Flaum on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh
Circuit before joining Mayer Brown where he focused on telecommunications matters in the litigation practice
and was a member of the firm 's Supreme Court and appellate practice group. His practice also included state and
federal constitutional law, jurisdiction, civil procedure, preemption, mass tort and products liability, admissibility
of expert testimony and class actions.

Judge Dow received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Yale and Harvard respectively. A Rhodes
Scholar, he also received master’s and doctorate degrees in international relations from the University of Oxford.
In law school, he was Supervising Editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation and served on the Editorial Board
of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.
Robert M. Dow, Jr.