I'm a visiting assistant professor of political science at Davidson College. My social science re-search focuses on empirical legal studies, judicial politics, presi-dential politics, and American political institutions. My doctrinal legal work entails trust and estate law, property law, and environ-mental law.
"The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is . . . a fundamental law. . . . If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two . . . the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents."
-Federalist no. 78
"It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. . . . This is the very essence of judicial duty."
-Marbury v. Madison (1803)
". . . we must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding. . . . intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently, to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs."
-McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)