The Unbearable Rightness of Marbury v. Madison: Its Real Lessons and Irrepressible Myths

Engage Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
By William H. Pryor Jr.
September 12, 2011

For the last several years, I have taught Federal Jurisdiction at the University of Alabama School of Law, and like many teachers of that subject, I begin by requiring my students to read and discuss Marbury v. Madison. There are many important lessons in that famous decision, but a lot of what Americans have been told during the last century about Marbury is wrong...