John Marshall and the Moral Foundations of Republican Constitutionalism
James Madison Program Constitution Day Event
Gary McDowell, Professor, Tyler Haynes Interdisciplinary Chair in Leadership Studies, Political Science & Law, University of Richmond
In Professor McDowell's words: For much of its history, the interpretation of the United States Constitution presupposed judges seeking the meaning of the text and the original intentions behind that text, a process that was deemed by Chief Justice John Marshall to be “the most sacred rule of interpretation.” It is through Marshall’s understanding of republican constitutionalism that we might recover what may properly be called the Founders’ Constitution.
Gary L. McDowell is Professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he holds the Tyler Haynes Interdisciplinary Chair in Leadership Studies, Political Science and Law. He is the author or editor of eleven books, including Equity and the Constitution: The Supreme Court, Equitable Relief, and Public Policy; Curbing the Courts: The Constitution and the Limits of Judicial Power; and most recently, The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism. In addition to teaching appointments at Dickinson College, Tulane University, Harvard University, University of London, and Richmond, he has served as the director of the Office of the Bicentennial of the Constitution at the National Endowment for the Humanities; associate director of public affairs at the United States Department of Justice and chief speech writer to United States Attorney General Edwin Meese III; and director of the Institute of United States Studies in the University of London. He received his MA in Political Science from Memphis State University, his AM in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and his PhD in Government and Public Affairs from the University of Virginia.
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