Judge Noonan to Talk About Marbury v. Madison as Trienens Visiting Scholar

October 21, 2003

Judge John T. Noonan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, will deliver a lecture about the consequences of the landmark Marbury v. Madison case as part of this year’s Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar Program at Northwestern University School of Law.

Marbury v. Madison is the first instance in which the U. S. Supreme Court declared an act of Congress unconstitutional, thus establishing the doctrine of judicial review.

Free and open to the public, Noonan’s lecture will take place at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the School of Law, 357 E. Chicago Ave.

“The Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholars Program enables us to invite leading jurists to the law school for a few days to lecture and provide students and faculty with a perspective on the judicial process,” said David E. Van Zandt, professor and dean, Northwestern University School of Law.

Noonan is the author of several major legal works, including his recently published book “Narrowing the Nation's Power” (University of California Press), a critique of recent Supreme Court decisions in which he argues that by granting increased authority to the 50 states, the Court dangerously limits congressional power and individual rights.

Noonan was appointed to the 9th Circuit by President Ronald Reagan in 1985. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he taught law at the University of Notre Dame, from 1961 to 1966, and at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1967 to 1992. He currently is the Milo Reese Robbins Professor of Law Emeritus at Berkeley.

The Howard J. Trienens Visiting Scholar Program was established at Northwestern University School of Law in 1989 by partners of Sidley and Austin to honor Trienens’ service to the firm and Northwestern. The head of Sidley and Austin’s Executive Committee from 1977 to 1993, Trienens joined the firm in 1949 as an associate and became a partner in 1956.

Distinguished jurists who have lectured as part of the Trienens Visiting Scholar Program include U.S. Supreme Court Justices William H. Renquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day OíConnor and Anthony M. Kennedy, who visited the School of Law for three days in October.

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