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David O'brien to Speak on the New U.S. Supreme Court


March 23, 2006

DELAWARE, Ohio — David O'Brien will deliver the 6th Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture on Public Affairs on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Corns 312. In his lecture, entitled, "The New U.S. Supreme Court," O'Brien will discuss the future of the Supreme Court with attention to its current trends, and recent changes, particularly the appointment of two Supreme Court Justices in the past year.O'Brien's book Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics (7th ed., 2005) is assigned reading for OWU's American Constitutional Law class, taught by Mike Esler, professor of Politics and Government. Esler and Craig Ramsay, department chairperson and professor of Politics and Government, collaborated to bring the judicial politics and public law scholar to OWU. "O'Brien is easily one of the most distinguished politics scientists writing about the courts today," Ramsay says. O'Brien is the Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor at University of Virginia at Charlottesville. In addition to Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics, which received the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, he has authored various books and articles, including Animal Sacrifice and Religious Freedom (2004) and (edited) Judicial Independence in the Age of Democracy: Critical Perspectives from Around the World (2001). O'Brien has held Fulbright awards at Oxford University, the University of Bologna, and in Japan. He has been Judicial Fellow and research associate at the U.S. Supreme Court and a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation. The lecture series is endowed by OWU alumnus Benjamin F. Marsh. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, Marsh earned his J.D. from George Washington University. He had held numerous political posts at the local, state and national levels, and served as registration supervisor and adjudicator for the U.S. Department of State to the Organization and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and as an election supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marsh is currently an attorney in Maumee, Ohio.

The event is open to the public and will be free of charge.