Chicago Federalist Society & National Review Institute Present: John Marshall, The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

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Please Join The Federalist Society and National Review Institute for:

John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

(Basic Books, November 2018)


with Richard Brookhiser

From abortion to gun rights and campaign finance, our lives today are directly affected by the decisions made by the United States Supreme Court. The heated battle over the Kavanaugh confirmation only underscores how much power the court wields, and how deeply entwined it is in partisan politics. But the Supreme Court didn’t always have such sway. Join us for a luncheon with celebrated biographer and NRI fellow Richard Brookhiser as he traces John Marshall’s career through landmark decisions and explains how he transformed the Supreme Court into a central pillar of American life.

Tuesday, May 7

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

11:45 AM Registration & Reception | 12:00 PM Program and Lunch | 1:00 PM Book Sale & Signing

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery 

1 W Grand Ave  2nd Floor Chicago, IL 

Cost: $25
(before May 3)

NRI’s 1955 Society members will receive complimentary admission. 

Please contact Chris Ciancimino at  [email protected] to RSVP.


In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court’s right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life. In John Marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America’s greatest judge and the world he made.

Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review, a senior fellow at National Review Institute, a columnist for American History, and the author of over a dozen books, including Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington, Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Hamilton, American. He received an honorary doctorate from Washington College in 2005 and a National Humanities Medal in 2008. He lives with his wife and fellow author Jeanne Safer in New York City.
National Review Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed, and complement the mission of National Review magazine by supporting and promoting NR‘s best talent. All contributions to it are deductible for income, gift, and estate tax purposes. EIN# 13-3649537

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