John Marshall's tenure as chief justice of the United States will be the topic of a May 16 public lecture by award-winning author and historian Kent Newmyer May 16, 4:30 p.m., at University of Richmond, Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room.

Newmyer, a professor of law and history at the University of Connecticut School of Law, will speak on "The Lost World of John Marshall," focusing on 1803–07, when Marshall led the federal judiciary and especially the Supreme Court through landmark cases such as Marbury v. Madison and the Burr treason trial.

The program and is free and open to the public, but advance online registration is requested at

Newmyer's new book, "The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation," will be available for purchase at the lecture. His other books include "The Supreme Court under Marshall and Taney," "John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court" and "Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story: Statesman of the Old Republic," which won the Littleton-Griswold Award from the American Historical Association in 1985.

The annual Marshall Center Lecture Series hosts experts in the fields of constitutionalism, politics, political economy and ethical reasoning. For more information, email the center's directors, Gary McDowell ( and Terry Price (, or call 804-289-8008.