Prior to joining the John Marshall faculty, Samuel Olken practiced business law with
a small Boston law firm. He also served as a litigation associate with large firms in Los
Angeles and New Jersey.
Professor Olken's primary research interests are constitutional history and judicial
biography. He has written articles about Chief Justices John Marshall and Charles Evans
Hughes, and most recently, Associate Justice George Sutherland. In addition, Professor
Olken has written extensively about the New Deal Court, nineteenth- and early
twentieth-century economic regulation, judicial review, and the First Amendment.
In 1991, the Supreme Court Historical Society awarded him its prestigious Hughes-Gossett
Prize for outstanding historical scholarship. Professor Olken was the chair of the
"Symposium on Chief Justice John Marshall and the United States Supreme Court:
1801-1835," hosted April 2000 by the law school. He was chair of the fall 2003
symposium, "Marbury v. Madison and Judicial Review: Legitimacy, Tyranny, and
Professor Olken joined the faculty in 1989. He teaches American Legal History,
Constitutional Law I and II, and Lawyering Skills.
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