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2013.09.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Constitution Week Speaker on Sept. 19

Omaha - In celebration of Constitution Week, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a special guest lecture on Thursday, Sept. 19 to discuss the country’s longest-serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Beginning at 10 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Services Collaborating Commons, Professor Charles Hobson of the College of William and Mary will speak about the life of John Marshall, who was appointed to the role of chief justice in 1801 by President John Adams.

Hobson is the author and editor of several books on the topic of Chief Justice Marshall, who largely influenced the early Supreme Court on important decisions regarding the balance of power between the federal government and state governments (McCulloch v. Maryland) as well as the importance of judicial review by federal courts (Marbury v. Madison).

The Sept. 19 forum is free and open to the public. It will also feature a question-and-answer session with Hobson about issues of constitutionality and the work of Chief Justice Marshall.

Constitution Week is a national event that runs from Tuesday, Sep. 17 through Monday, Sept. 23. Constitution Day falls on Sept. 17, commemorating the day the U.S. Constitution was officially adopted in 1787.

For questions about the public forum, please contact Carson Holloway at 402.554.2624 or by email at cholloway@unomaha.edu.

For media inquiries, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

About John Marshall

Appointed at the age of 45 John Marshall is still the second youngest Chief Justice ever to be sworn in. John Jay is the youngest at 44 years old when he was appointed in 1789 and current Chief Justice John Roberts is third youngest at 50 years old when he was appointed in 2005.

Chief Justice Marshall spent 34 years as Chief Justice, which covered six presidencies, including those of founding fathers John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

While Marshall is best remembered for his time on the Supreme Court, he also served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Virginia and then as Secretary of State. Marshall also served in the Revolutionary War under George Washington and was one of the representatives Virginia sent to ratify or reject the U.S. Constitution in 1787.


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