Marquette University News Release

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Barron to present Marquette Law School’s Hallows Lecture

April 2, 2018

MILWAUKEE – David J. Barron, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, will present “When Congress and the Commander in Chief Clash Over War” for Marquette Law School’s Hallows Lecture on Monday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lubar Center at Eckstein Hall.

There is no greater test of our system of separation of powers than when the Commander in Chief and Congress clash over whether and how to fight a war. But from our earliest days as a nation—in fact, from before there even was a nation—there have been such clashes. And they have continued to the present. Building off his studies and his own experiences as a legal adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice on national security matters, Barron will review the ways some of our wisest chief executives, and those who have advised them, have handled the unique dilemma that arises when Congress challenges the Commander in Chief’s preferred approach to waging war.

Before his appointment to the First Circuit in 2014 by President Barack Obama, Barron was the S. William Green Professor at Harvard Law School, whose faculty he joined in 1999. Barron served in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1996 to 1999 and again (as acting head of the office) from 2009 to 2010. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. Barron holds a B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University and has written extensively about presidential and congressional authority during wartime.

Seating is available to members of the general public at no cost; registration is required and is available online.

The annual Hallows Lecture remembers E. Harold Hallows, a Milwaukee lawyer and distinguished member of the faculty of Marquette University Law School for 28 years and a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1958 until his retirement as chief justice in 1974.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region’s leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

Media interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or christopher.t.jenkins@marquette.edu.

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