Marbury v. Madison: What Happens When the Chief Justice Violates Every Ethics Canon in the Book

The California Judges Association annual conference went virtual last month, which meant my session on judicial ethics is on video. I wrote this curriculum a few years ago and this is the second time I’ve taught this particular class. I hope you enjoy it.

It’s got a lot for people who like history, those interested in the US Supreme Court, and folks who just like a good story. Here’s the course description from the conference agenda:

Think you know what Marbury v. Madison is about? Wait until you hear the rest of the story, analyzed under the microscope of modern California judicial ethics.

Chief Justice Marshall playing fast and loose with the canons, Secretary of State James Madison playing politics with the powers of his office, Marbury hoping someone will give a poor political operative a break.

If you want to know what really happened, this is the video to watch.

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