John Marshall - Founding Pillar of the American Legal System

Co-sponsored with the National Review Institute

Richard Brookhiser

In addition to being a founding father and Secretary of State under John Adams, John Marshall was chief justice of the Supreme Court for 34 years. The Marshall court issued such seminal decisions such as Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Maryland, and Gibbons v. Ogden, among others. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court's right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life. 

Join us as we host Richard Brookhiser, author of John Marshall, the Man Who Made the Supreme Court, to discuss the life and work of Justice Marshall. Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review, a senior fellow at National Review Institute, a columnist for American History, and the author of over a dozen books, including Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington, Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Hamilton, American. He received an honorary doctorate from Washington College in 2005 and a National Humanities Medal in 2008. He lives with his wife and fellow author Jeanne Safer in New York City.

Books will be available for purchase at the luncheon


When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 p.m. (lunch)

Where: Oliver Café at Equinox Sports Club, 1980 Main Street, Irvine, Tel. (949) 251-6363. Bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation.

Cost: $30/members, $35/nonmembers, $20/students, for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit (the Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE).

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We welcome all interested attorneys and non-attorneys to our events. 

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