Volume 2 | Number 2 |  Fall 2019
Impeachment in the Classroom
To impeach or not to impeach. That is the question students in Greg Ownby ’s Powhatan High School co-op US/VA Government class will be answering this week, using the John Marshall Foundation’s new civics lesson titled “Impeachment,” the newest addition to its Justice in the Classroom civics curriculum program.
From the lesson:
“Impeachment is a lesson on the concept of the rule of law and how it is an integral part of our governing systems in America. The standards-based curriculum enables middle school students to learn the fundamental political principles of checks and balances and the rule of law by working in groups to examine primary and secondary sources about impeachment of the president. Students create presentations to teach the class about impeachment and then apply their knowledge to current real-world scenarios by indicating whether or not the scenario rises to the level of an impeachable offense.”
To find the comprehensive Impeachment lessons and other new topics pulled from headlines and student interest including “Due Process” and “Judicial Review & Equal Protection,” visit justiceintheclassroom.net
See “for teachers/middle school programs.” New lessons on “Judicial Activism & Restraint,” and “Judicial Review & The Independent Judiciary”are available there also. See “for teachers/high school programs.”

The new plans were generously funded by a grant from the Virginia Law Foundation, whose mission is to promote, through philanthropy, the rule of law, access to justice, and law-related education . JMF creates its lesson plans under the direction of its Education Committee: Debra Prillaman , co-chair; Cheryl Ragsdale , co-chair, Lucretia Carrico , Greg Ownby , Tom Kennedy , and JMF Education Director Barbara Schneider . Ownby, a social studies and history teacher at Powhatan High School and JMF educational consultant, wrote the new lesson plans.

We eagerly await Ownby’s students’ decision.
The John Marshall Foundation’s mission is to educate
the public about the rule of law under the Constitution through
the life, service and character of America’s great chief justice. 
To support JMF’s mission and ongoing civics curriculum development, please make a donation to our annual fund.

We know there is a civics education equity gap in our country. Some schools can afford to offer civics, some cannot. In some states civics is mandated, and in many it is not. We believe it is important that our civics curriculum is offered free-of-charge to students and teachers everywhere.
John Marshall Foundation Finds
New Home at VMHC
The John Marshall Foundation is now housed at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, located at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. Our mailing address is PO Box 7090, Richmond, VA 23220. 
The John Marshall Foundation (JMF) moved into new office space at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) in October. Not only is the VMHC a longtime partner and holder of the JMF collection, John Marshall was their first president, back in 1831, when they were known as the Virginia Historical and Philosophical Society. Our two organizations most recently partnered on an exhibition, John Marshall: Hidden Hero of National Union , which ran from February to mid-September 2019. Many of the exhibit’s narrative boards and much of the reproduced art pieces will now tell Marshall’s story from the Foundation office walls.
We hope you will come visit
us in our educational, entertaining and inspiring
new home, and, while you’re there, check out Determined: The Struggle for Black Equality , The Story of Virginia , or any number of amazing other galleries in the museum.

Kevin Walsh (left), President of JMF and Professor of Law at the University of Richmond , presents Jamie Bosket , VMHC President and CEO, with official JMF swag at the closing reception for John Marshall: Hidden Hero of National Union September 12.
This past Constitution Day, September 17, Preservation Virginia and the John Marshall Foundation announced the official launch of "Save the Robe," a national fundraising and awareness campaign to conserve the only surviving judicial robe of Chief Justice John Marshall, a critical piece of American history.       

Chief Justice Marshall (b. 1755, d. 1835) was the longest serving Chief Justice of the United States, and his robe is the single most important artifact from his defining legacy of establishing the federal judiciary as a constitutional equal of the President and Congress.  Marshall’s lasting efforts as a patriot, statesman, and chief justice contributed mightily to holding the United States together as one nation between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.  

It was Marshall who first standardized the black robe for Supreme Court justices, and his black judicial robe, owned by Preservation Virginia, owners and operators of the John Marshall House in Richmond, is a rare pre-1850s judicial robe. It is in need of restoration due to acid hydrolysis from the dye and iron mordant used to achieve its deep shade of black. Without immediate stabilization, conservation and documentation, this important artifact in American history could be lost forever. 

Howard Sutcliffe , principal conservator and director of  River Region Costume and Textile Conservation  has agreed to perform the conservation. Sutcliffe’s previous projects include conserving Tiraz fragments from Medieval Egypt, Tzar Nicholas II’s parade uniform and the original Kermit the Frog puppet.
Once restored, the robe will remain in the permanent collection of Preservation Virginia’s John Marshall House, the home in Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood Marshall built in 1790 and lived in for forty-five years until his death.
John Marshall Foundation Founder Andrew P. Miller , former Attorney General of Virginia, visited Preservation Virginia’s John Marshall House in September to learn more about “Save the Robe.” Left to right, Preservation Virginia Executive Director Elizabeth Kostelny , JMF Founder Andy Miller , Preservation Virginia Director of Development Will Glasco , and JMF Acting Director Joni Albrecht
“Marshall Cousins,” from left, Lisa Winter, Penny Marshall Mallory , Cynthia Advani Marshall , and Jeanette McGowan at the Save the Robe kick-off event at Hunton Andrews Kurth, DC.
Once restored, the robe will be on display in a state-of-the-art archival case as part of a new exhibit with the potential for loans to other institutions.

The $218,000 Save the Robe campaign will also fund civics education programs and three duplicate robes for traveling exhibitions.

Elizabeth Kostelny , CEO of Preservation Virginia and a JMF Director, says “Of the many artifacts in our collection related to John Marshall, the robe is the most evocative link to the Chief Justice’s enduring legacy on the Supreme Court. Every person who views the robe feels an immediate and physical connection to its history and importance.  We are grateful to the John Marshall Foundation for this partnership to conserve and protect the robe.”

“John Marshall’s simple black robe is a national treasure and an irreplaceable icon of American judicial power,” says Kevin Walsh , President of the John Marshall Foundation and Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law.  “The idea that it could be lost for future generations is unthinkable. The John Marshall Foundation is proud to partner with Preservation Virginia on this urgent mission to make sure that never happens.”

The Phase I goal of $35,000 deadline of December 31 is quickly approaching.
Please consider a gift to Save the Robe in your year-end giving plans.
Justice in the Classroom Recognized by the American Inns of Court
Thank you to University of Richmond for the use of their Moot Courtroom for the CLE kick-off of the John Marshall Inn's attorneys/judges program last fall.
The American Inns of Court recognized the John Marshall Inn in Richmond, Virginia, with a 2018-2019 Outstanding Program Award for its partnership with the John Marshall Foundation’s Justice in the Classroom attorney/judges program. It was one of eleven programs across the nation honored with such an award.

In its announcement to the John Marshall Inn, the AIC said: " Each year, the Program Awards Committee (PAC) of the American Inns of Court receives numerous submissions from Inns nationwide for awards consideration. The submissions reflect the time and effort of each Inn setting forth the values of the Inn of Court Movement. It is difficult for the PAC to select only a few award recipients when there are so many worth submissions. It is with great pleasure, on behalf of the Program Awards Committee of the American Inns of Court, that I inform you that you have received Outstanding Program Award for the 2018-2019 Inn year for Justice in the Classroom (P14461) . I congratulate you and your entire Inn on this incredible accomplishment!"
The John Marshall Inn's submission detailed the John Marshall Foundation’s legal education program presented in October 2018 on the continuing relevance of the Marshall Court decisions to the Inn’s attorneys and judges. Following the program, more than 30 Inn volunteers signed up to visit Richmond area middle and high school social studies classrooms to support teaching the rule of law under the Constitution using the Justice in the Classroom curriculum.

Inn members included trial and appellate judges, attorneys from diverse private and government practices, and small, medium and large firms who were willing to volunteer in the public service program.

During the 2018-19 school year, 22 teachers were matched with a participating lawyer or judge and collaborated to tailor the classroom visit to suit the interests, academic needs and levels of the students, coinciding with lessons on the judicial branch. 
JMF Educational Consultant Greg Ownby teaches members of the John Marshall Inn of Court about the continuing relevancy of the Marshall Court decisions . Left to right, JMF Education Committee member Lucretia Carrico , JMF Education Committee Co-chair Debra Prillaman , and Ownby.
Stronger Together
JMF Receives Evaluation Grant from
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
The John Marshall Foundation received a generous grant from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to conduct an evaluation of Justice in the Classroom , looking specifically at issues of sustainability, expansion and the ways in which the Foundation can more fully measure impact of the program. Under the direction of board member Jeni Reedy , a request for proposal was posted in early fall, with responses due to the Foundation November 15. After a review process, an evaluator will be announced in December. JMF thanks Dominion Energy for their generous support in taking our successful program and helping us make it more sustainable, accessible and measurable. Read JIC Evaluation RFP.
Ring in the Season with a Tuckahoe Wreath
In a special holiday offer to friends of the John Marshall Foundation, Tad Thompson and Carolyn Beauchemin , Tuckahoe Plantation, are offering their “Tuckahoe Wreaths,” made from clippings gathered at Tuckahoe, Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home. Follow the link for order information. Wreaths are $45 each and will be available for pick up December 9-13 in the JMF Office. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation. On behalf of Jefferson’s “cussing cousin,” John Marshall, season’s greetings from the John Marshall Foundation.
JMF Events
December 2019
December 3 Day of Giving
Spring 2020
Look for upcoming events with our partners at Virginia Museum of History & Culture and William & Mary Law School and news about national distribution of The King of Crimes.
John Marshall in the NEWS
Richmond Times Dispatch October 31, 2019
The National Law Journal September 20, 219
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