Federal Judge Next Marshall Amicus Curiae Speaker

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A federal appeals court judge comes to Marshall next week to provide his insight into the political decision-making process of waging war.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Judge David J. Barron is this year's Amicus Curiae Lecture Series speaker.  Baron will present his lecture “Waging War: When Congress and the Commander in Chief Clash" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall. 

Barron will explore the history of war making in the United States from colonial times to the present. Based on his research, and his own experiences as a legal adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice on national security matters, Barron will discuss how presidents - and those who have advised them - have proved adept, with rare exception, at avoiding constitutional crises by waging war on terms even reluctant or hostile Congresses can accept.

 “Judge Barron brings a deep knowledge of history and law, as well as personal experience at the highest levels of the judicial and executive branches, to his discussion of a very relevant topic,” said Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy. “He is also an entertaining writer and speaker who will deliver a thought-provoking presentation to our audience. We are very fortunate to have him in the Series.”

Prior to his appointment to the federal bench in 2014, Barron began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. In 1999, he joined Harvard Law School as its S. William Green Professor.  From 1996 to 1999 he served in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, returning in 2009 to act as head of the office for a year.

Barron holds a bachelor’s degree, and Juris Doctor from Harvard. His book, Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS, won the William E. Colby Award in 2017. The award is given annually by Norwich University to a first solo work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.

This lecture is sponsored by Marshall’s Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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