2016 Constitution Day

Marbury v. Madison and the Politics of Judicial Review.

Law Professor Gerry Ashdown will address Chief Justice John Marshall’s analysis of Constitutional judicial review in the 1803 U.S. Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison, including its flaws, contradictions and political motivations.

He will also discuss examples of how the Supreme Court’s power of substantive constitutional review has been used over the years to achieve policy goals favored by a majority of the court.

Ashdown is the James H. “Buck” and June M. Harless Professor of Law. A member of the WVU Law faculty since 1979, Ashdown is co-author of the widely-used textbook “Criminal Law Cases and Comments” (University Casebook Series, Foundation Press).

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