Saturday, January 31, 2004

Justice Lemons on Chief Justice Marshall and the anniversary of Marbury v. Madison

From this month's VBA News Journal, here is a speech delivered by Justice Donald Lemons of the Virginia Supreme Court last summer on Chief Justice John Marshall and the bicentennial of Marbury v. Madison.

As a summer law clerk in 1988, some case or other involved the possibility of filing for a writ of mandamus, which led me to recall the facts of Marbury v. Madison to the lawyer whose project it was. He said, hey, I never learned that in law school. I told him I didn't, either, I learned those facts in Mr. Feiler's eighth grade civics class.

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