The 2021 First Monday In October Lecture

The Supreme Court, 1821: Looking Back on an Important Term

October 4, 2021 | 2:30 pm (EDT)
A conversation between Farah Peterson and Mark Killenbeck
Event 2021 1004: The Supreme Court, 1821 — Looking Back on an Important Term, Farah Peterson
Event 2021 1004: The Supreme Court, 1821 — Looking Back on an Important Term, Mark Killenbeck
Most accounts of the Supreme Court’s 1821 Term focus on Cohens v. Virginia, 19 U.S. (6 Wheat.) 264 (1821). That case merits the attention it garners as part of the Marshall Court’s continuing affirmation of the primacy of the national government and the limits on state sovereignty that follow from the principle. But Cohens was not the only significant case to come before the Court that year. Nor were the Court’s opinions the only notable matters in a year in which the Richmond Junto continued its assault on Marshall and “his” Court, and in which a rich exchange of letters between Spencer Roane, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison probed judicial review, federal-state relations, and the future of a nation coming into its own. These, together, make 1821 a year worth revisiting.

Join Professors Peterson and Killenbeck for a fascinating conversation on the 1821 term as the Supreme Court begins its October 2021 Term.

  • Via Zoom
  • Free and open to all
  • Advance registration required
Farah Peterson is a Professor of Law at The University of Chicago Law School. She is a legal historian who focuses on statutory interpretation. Peterson holds a PhD in American history from Princeton University. She earned her JD from Yale Law School, and received her bachelor’s in history from Yale as well. After law school, Peterson clerked for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer on the US Supreme Court and Judge Guido Calabresi on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mark R. Killenbeck is the Wylie H. Davis Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas. He teaches Constitutional Law, The First Amendment, and American Legal History. A native of Rochester, New York, he earned an A.B. in English Literature at Boston College and both his J.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska, where he spent thirteen years in the University’s Central Administration, ultimately serving as Chief of Staff for the system President. Professor Killenbeck is the author of numerous books, chapters, articles, and papers, with a special focus on federalism, American constitutional history, and affirmative action and diversity.