Reuben B. Robertson

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Reuben B. Robertson, III, served as the fifth chairman of the Administrative Conference.  He was a graduate of both Yale College and Yale Law School.  His legal career began as an associate with Covington and Burling, but he subsequently worked at the Department of Transportation, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).  During the 1970s, he was one of the early “public interest” lawyers at organizations associated with Ralph Nader.  He was a founder and legal director of the Aviation Consumer Action Project and a senior attorney at Public Citizens Litigation Group.  He later was director of the CAB’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.  After his brief term as Administrative Conference Chairman in the last year of the Carter Administration, Mr. Robertson returned to private law practice, specializing in commercial litigation and regulatory issues. 


  • Chairman (1980-1981), Administrative Conference of the United States