The John Marshall Foundation is an organization that sponsors educational and public interest programs or other activities in the fields of law, government, history and public affairs to promote a greater public understanding of Chief Justice John Marshall and his many contributions and accomplishments related to the foundation of our nation.

We also support the preservation of sites related to the life and legacy of John Marshall that provide public access and interpretation appropriate to the nature of each site.

We invite you to explore our website and understand the life and legacy that John Marshall contributed to our country.

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Chief Justice John Roberts Welcomes the John Marshall Foundation to the U.S. Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed friends of The John Marshall Foundation (JMF) to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, March 9, to mark the 215th anniversary of Marshall’s appointment as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. The event was co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society and featured a keynote lecture by Jeffrey Rosen, … Read More

Justice for All – JMF to Expand “Justice in the Classroom”

The award-winning Justice in the Classroom (JIC) civics education program, currently in 28 high schools and middle schools in the Central Virginia region, is moving into new regions of the state, thanks to a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation. The VLF’s mission is to promote through philanthropy the rule of law, access to … Read More

Judge Roger Gregory Joins the JMF Board of Directors

Judge Roger L. Gregory, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, recently joined the John Marshall Foundation Board of Directors; he will become Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit this July. Judge Gregory was placed on the U.S. Court of Appeals by recess appointment of President William J. Clinton on December … Read More

John Marshall Foundation Board Member Kevin Walsh’s Tribute to Justice Scalia

“Justice Scalia and the Next Generation of Constitutional Custodians” Justice Antonin Scalia had a way of getting right to the point. “I have never been custodian of my legacy,” he said in an interview a few years ago. “When I am dead and gone, I’ll either be sublimely happy or terribly unhappy.” Never one to … Read More

Executive Director’s Message

I’m excited about the expansion and improvements in our civics-education programs. Tom Kennedy, Board member who pioneered the last “leap forward” of the Justice in the Classroom (JIC) program, is now leading a team in the “new leap forward” in technology and refinement. Cheryl Ragsdale and Debra Prillaman, Education Committee Co-Chairs, and Barbara Schneider, Director … Read More

Message from the President

  March 9, 2016, is a day that I would carve on my walking stick, if I knew how to carve a walking stick. The privilege of our time at the Supreme Court as Ted Allen so eloquently put it, was “hitting the moon!” I had only been inside the court one other time and … Read More

Flipped Out

Secondary school history teacher Greg Ownby has flipped over John Marshall.  Ownby, who is Powhatan High School’s History Department Chairperson and now an educational consultant to the John Marshall Foundation (JMF), is also a trainer in an instructional model known as “Flipping the Classroom.” He teaches teachers how to think differently and shift instruction to … Read More

John Marshall Foundation Forms Junior Board

The John Marshall Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of a Junior Board of Directors, formalized in January. The Junior Board will plan events, assist with educational programming and promote public awareness of the Foundation. Junior Board members are Wyatt A. Deal, Esq., Hunton & Williams, Education Committee Representative; Matthew A. Fitzgerald, Esq., McGuire … Read More

Fairfax County Teacher Cathy Ruffing is the 2016 John Marshall Foundation Teacher Award Recipient

The John Marshall Foundation presented its 2016 Teacher Award, co-sponsored by Hunton & Williams LLP and McGuireWoods LLP, at the Richmond Bar Association’s Annual Law Day Luncheon, May 2, at the Richmond Omni. Lawton Way, Esq., Hunton & Williams LLP, presented the award to Cathy Ruffing, Centreville High School government teacher. Ruffing’s career spans 25 … Read More

A Growing Impact

Under the direction of Barbara Schneider, Director of Education, the John Marshall Foundation’s educational impact continues to grow. Here’s a look at educational programming since 2011. National Teacher Seminars A three-day seminar was held in 2011 and attended by 35 selected middle-and high-school teachers from around the country.  Over 3,000 students were impacted. Professional Development … Read More