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Amicus Curiae lecture series continues at Marshall with 1803 Supreme Court decision

Mar. 31, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

Amicus Curiae lecture series continues with 1803 Supreme Court decision

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's Amicus Curiae lecture series continues with a look at the 1803 ruling by Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, the institution's namesake, for Marbury vs. Madison.

The lecture by Cliff Sloan will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Foundation Hall.

Marbury vs. Madison established the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of whether a law is constitutional. But there was political drama surrounding the decision that pitted President Thomas Jefferson against Marshall, who was his cousin.

Sloan has served in all three branches of the federal government, including associate counsel to the President and assistant to the Solicitor General. He is the co-author with David McKean of "The Great Decision," a book about the Marbury vs. Madison.

Each lecture is approved for one hour of West Virginia MCLE general credit. The final lecture in this school year's series is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18. It will feature Gregory B. Friel, a Marshall University graduate and a deputy attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he has worked for more than two decades. He will discuss the role and the impact of the various federal statutes protecting civil rights for minorities, women, the elderly and the disabled in fulfilling the Constitutional mandate of equal protection for the rights of all citizens. He has represented the United States in cases before all 13 of the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Amicus Curiae is sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy.

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