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Executive Director’s Message

May 24, 2017 by David King

The John Marshall Foundation is in the midst of updating our strategic plan, last done in 2006. Our draft vision statement cites Marshall’s “remarkable contributions to the separation of powers, federalism, the rule of law, and United States history and government.”

While some in our society and in our government appear to question our independent judiciary, we know that the Constitution firmly established a federal judiciary distinct from the other two branches of government in order to create a balance of power.

Marshall’s 1803 Marbury v. Madison Supreme Court opinion clarified the Court’s role and limitations as a co-equal branch of government with the president and congress. That decision was widely accepted in 1803, and that sharing of power has, for over 200 years, helped protect personal liberties, strengthen our capitalist economy, and guide our political system.

Our Justice in the Classroom program is well regarded in Central Virginia in teaching middle- and high-school students about this balance of power and the many contributions of John Marshall to our modern democratic system.

As we finalize our new strategic plan, I expect that we will adopt new programs and activities to further communicate Marshall’s important legacy as well as promote the ideas and values that are important to our American democracy today, including the importance of an independent federal judiciary.

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