William P. Marshall

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  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., University of Chicago

William (Bill) Marshall is currently the Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina. Marshall was Deputy White House Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States during the Clinton Administration.  He has also served as the Solicitor General of the State of Ohio.  Marshall has published extensively on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, federal courts, presidential power, federalism, and judicial selection matters. He teaches civil procedure, constitutional law, election law, first amendment, federal courts, freedom of religion, the law of the presidency, and media law. Marshall received his law degree from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a native of Nashua, New Hampshire.

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  • The Constitutionality of School Prayer: Or Why Engel v. Vitale May Have Had It Right All Along, 46 CAP. U. L. REV. 339 (2018).
    [Westlaw, Hein]
  • Third-Party Burdens and Conscientious Objection to War, 106 KY. L.J. 685 (2018). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
  • The First Amendment in Contemporary Society: The Thirty-Sixth Annual Federalist Society National Student Symposium on Law and Public Policy--2017: Extricating the Religious Exemption Debate from the Cultural Wars, 41 HARV. J.L. & PUB. POL'Y 67 (2017). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Tribute to Professor Jonathan L. Entin: Before There Was Google, There Was Jonathan Entin, 67 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 1019 (2017). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • CASES AND MATERIALS ON FEDERAL COURTS (W. Marshall, G. Nichol & M. Wells) (3rd ed. 2015). [KF8718 .W45 2015 c.2]
  • Actually We Should Wait: Evaluating the Obama Administration's Commitment to Unilateral Executive-Branch Action, 2014 UTAH L. REV. 773 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Bad Statutes Make Bad Law: Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, 2014 SUP. CT. REV. 71 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Abstention, Separation of Powers, and Recasting the Meaning of Judicial Restraint, 107 NW. U. L. Rev. 881 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Constitutionality of Campaign Finance Regulation: Should Differences in a State's Political History and Culture Matter?, 74 MONT. L. REV. 79 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Lautsi Decision and the American Establishment Clause Experience: A Response to Professor Weiler, 65 ME. L. REV. 769 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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