Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

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The Commonwealth Club
06:00 PM
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Joel Richard Paul, Professor of Constitutional and International Law, UC Hastings; Author, Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times (forthcoming) 
This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Monday Night Philosophy rediscovers the influential precedents set by Chief Justice John Marshall. No member of America's founding generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From our nation's founding in 1776, and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle. As chief justice of the United States Supreme Court—the longest-serving in history—he established the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the Constitution and the federal courts. As the leading Federalist in Virginia, he rivaled his cousin Thomas Jefferson in influence. As a diplomat and secretary of state, he defended American sovereignty against France and Britain, counseled President John Adams, and supervised the construction of Washington, D.C. This is the story of how a rough-cut frontiersman with little formal education became one of the nation's preeminent lawyers and politicians and, with cunning, imagination and grace, shaped America's future. 
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing  MLF: Humanities Program organizer: George Hammond
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  1. The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA