William P. Marshall

William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law

(919) 843-7747
5132 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federalism
  • First Amendment
  • Jurisdiction
  • Media Law
  • Politics and the Law
  • President/Executive Department
  • Religion Law


William (Bill) Marshall joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2001 and serves as the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law. His teaching and research interests include the first amendment, presidential power, election law, federal jurisdiction, federal judicial selection, civil procedure, and media law. Marshall is the author of numerous book chapters, articles, and essays on free speech, separation of powers, the Establishment Clause, and the Free Exercise Clause. His work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Supreme Court Review, and the University of Chicago Law Review, among others.

Marshall received his law degree from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Marshall was Deputy Counsel to the President and Deputy Assistant to the President during the Clinton Administration and also served as the Solicitor General for the State of Ohio. He has taught at the Northwestern, Boston University, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, DePaul, Case Western Reserve, William and Mary, and the University Connecticut law schools. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Marshall was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota.


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

Selected Publications

CASES AND MATERIALS ON FEDERAL COURTS (M. Wells, W. Marshall & G. Nichol, eds., 4th ed. 2019).
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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).
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State Standing to Constrain the President, 21 CHAP. L. REV. 83 (2018).
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The Limits on Congress's Power to Do Nothing, 93 IND. L.J. 159 (2018).
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Third-Party Burdens and Conscientious Objection to War, 106 KY. L.J. 685 (2018).
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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).
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Tribute to Professor Jonathan L. Entin: Before There Was Google, There Was Jonathan Entin, 67 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 1019 (2017).
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CASES AND MATERIALS ON FEDERAL COURTS (W. Marshall, G. Nichol & M. Wells) (3rd ed. 2015).
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Actually We Should Wait: Evaluating the Obama Administration's Commitment to Unilateral Executive-Branch Action, 2014 UTAH L. REV. 773 (2014).
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Bad Statutes Make Bad Law: Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, 2014 SUP. CT. REV. 71 (2014).
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