(a) an attorney
(b) a journalist
(c) a physician (OB/GYN)
(d) a homemaker
(e) a management consultant for defense contractors
Answer: (a). An accomplished lawyer in her own right, Jane Sullivan Roberts, 50, is a professional development partner at the distinguished firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Previously, she "practice[d] with the firm’s communications and global sourcing groups, concentrating in representing clients in sophisticated transactions involving technology. She has extensive experience in representing clients in the buying and selling of space-related goods and services, including companies involved in the development of multi-billion dollar global and regional satellite systems."
As a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop, where profits per partner exceed $750,000, Mrs. Roberts surely makes more than the $171,800 that her husband earns as a D.C. Circuit judge (or what he would earn if confirmed as an Associate Justice, namely, $194,200). She came from the Shaw Pittman side of the Pillsbury Winthrop/Shaw Pittman merger. The outfit she's wearing in the picture of her on the firm website (see left) -- a dark suit accessorized with a pale scarf -- seems like it would have been a better choice than the bright pink number she wore to last night's White House press conference.
Jane Sullivan Roberts -- a graduate of Holy Cross College (where she serves on the Board of Trustees), Melbourne University, and Brown -- has an impressive educational pedigree (even if it's not as jaw-droppingly fabulous as her husband's). She is known as a devout Catholic, and she reportedly served at one point as an executive of Feminists for Life.
John and Jane Roberts were married on July 27, 1996. (Early wishes for a happy anniversary, Judge and Mrs. Roberts!) They have two adopted children, Josie and Jack (who is presumably named after his grandfather, and therefore John G. Roberts, III). The Roberts family lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in a large, elegant, white-brick colonial home (whose lawn Judge Roberts mows himself).