How Chief Justice John Marshall Made the Supreme Court Relevant

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John Marshall was the fourth chief justice of the United States. (Image: Library of Congress)

"Without Precedent" depicts the life and times of Chief Justice John Marshall, a federalist and contemporary of George Washington and John Adams. He served for 34 years on the Supreme Court, transforming it from an institution with little authority to a fundamental part of the judiciary branch. Through his enforcement of judicial review, Marshall shaped the country's modern understanding of constitutionality. Professor Joel Paul joins us in the studio to discuss how Marshall's long legal tenure influenced American jurisprudence.

Joel Richard Paul, professor of law, University of California Hastings Law School; author, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times