Even before there was Harvard Law School, there was Marbury v. Madison, the landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1803 establishing the power of the federal judiciary to strike down acts of Congress as unconstitutional and stating the proposition that, in a government of laws, every right must have a remedy.
As part of our bicentennial celebration, two of our most famous and celebrated Supreme Court advocates and constitutional law scholars—Laurence Tribe ’66, Harvard’s Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, and Kathleen Sullivan ’81, formerly dean, Stanford Law School, and professor of law, Harvard Law School— reargue Marbury v. Madison, in the Ames Courtroom before a distinguished bench of law school alums now serving on the federal judiciary.
The Honorable Merrick Garland ’77, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, presides. Joining Chief Judge Garland on the bench is Judge Joseph Greenaway Jr. ’81, United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, Judge Jane Kelly ’91, United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and Judge Patricia Millett ’88, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Susan Davies, Story Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School, serves as the faculty host.