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Spring Seminar:
The Constitutional Jurisprudence of John Marshall


The Institute is pleased to announce a spring 2017 seminar on “The Constitutional Jurisprudence of John Marshall.”  This seminar will introduce students to the legal and constitutional thought of “the Great Chief Justice,” who presided over the U.S. Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835.  In the course of reading and discussing Marshall’s leading opinions, the seminar will cover topics that include the origins and scope of judicial review, presidential power and the law of treason, the constitutional protection of property rights, the enumerated and implied powers of Congress, federalism, and the status of native Americans under the Constitution.  Studying the work of the most influential judge in early American history, we will aim at a better understanding of the principles of legal reasoning and constitutional interpretation.

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Senior Fellow Helen Alvaré Receives Edwin Meese III Award for Originalism and Religious Liberty


alvareThe Witherspoon Institute is pleased to announce that Senior Fellow Helen M. Alvaré is a 2016 recipient of the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Edwin Meese III Award for Originalism and Religious Liberty. The award is granted to individuals who have made “significant efforts in publicly promoting and defending religious liberty and a principled jurisprudence through the active advancement of constitutional originalism.” The award was established in 2009 in honor of Edwin Meese III, the nation’s 75th attorney general under President Ronald Reagan. Continue reading