David Forte

When The John Marshall School of Law Became The John Marshall School of Law

In 1997, Louise F. Mooney, then Communications Director of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, penned an elegant history of the John Marshall School of Law, one of the predecessors of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. On the basis of recent research, Professor David F. Forte adds to the events surrounding the founding of the John …

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John Marshall, Thomas Jefferson and the First Peaceful Transition

In an era when the validity of elections is vigorously disputed, Professor David Forte reminds us of how America’s tradition of a “peaceful transition” began. Professor Forte … your witness I On January 6, 2021, Americans stared at their television screens in disbelief as rioters besieged the Capitol Building where within, the electoral votes for …

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A First Amendment Lesson from the Anti-Suffragists

The Anti-Suffragists came late into the fray.  Ever since the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, when, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women organized to end discriminatory legislation and to press for suffrage, the activists seemed to have defined the terms of the national debate.  Yet when the issue came down to votes for women, many …

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The Right to Listen

“Speak, your servant is listening.”–1 Samuel 3:10 “You can’t persuade people who won’t listen.” –Plato, The Republic Of the four classical virtues—wisdom, courage, temperance, justice—the ancients prized wisdom as the greatest of all. But how is wisdom attained?  Wisdom comes from knowledge.  Knowledge is gained from the search for truth.  But to seek the truth, one …

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