Program Support and Development

Court on Campus: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


Information About the Cases on Appeal

US v. James Podbielski


Civic Literacy Campaign

Because our democracy depends upon civic literacy, the Drinko Academy has partnered with the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy to launch a new Take the Pledge Campaign.  We are distributing U.S. Constitutions and pledge cards to our campus community.

The pledge cards ask signatories to commit to: reading the Constitution of the United States of America; being conversant with its contents; discussing it with classmates, friends, and family; and exercising the rights and  responsibilities incumbent of citizenship. To date 510 students, faculty, and staff have signed the pledge. Please join us in doing so.

To request a U.S. Constitution, contact us at
To Take the Pledge electronically, here
To learn more about the U.S. Constitution, visit:

In fulfilling its mission, the Drinko Academy has provided significant programmatic support both on campus and beyond.

The Academy has played a vital role in numerous Marshall University fundraising campaigns, including those for the Drinko Library and the John Marshall Statue.

In 2001, it directed the widely hailed John Marshall Bicentennial Celebration, which commemorated the 200th year anniversary of John Marshall’s appointment as Chief Justice of the United States.

In collaboration with its Distinguished Drinko Fellows, the Academy has also established a record of conceptualizing, fundraising, and incubating vital Marshall University programs that are now fully independent initiatives.  Among these are:   The Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps, and The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum.





The Face of Justice: Portraits of John Marshall exhibition catalog was published by the Drinko Academy and the Huntington Museum of Art as part of the John Marshall Bicentennial Celebration, February 2-4, 2001.


The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps, founded in 2007, is a project proposed and directed by Distinguished Drinko Fellow Dr. Wendell Dobbs.


Patricia Proctor, J.D., is the Founding Director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, a program established in 2011 in honor of its first Distinguished Drinko Fellow.

The Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy sponsors events that promote civic engagement, such as the Amicus Curiae Lecture Series. It also contains a minor in Constitutional Democracy for Marshall students, and serves as a Pre-Law resource for students interested in attending Law School.


The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum is the brainchild of Distinguished Drinko Fellow Professor Burnis Morris and Drinko Academy Founding Executive Director Dr. Alan B. Gould.

It was established by the Drinko Academy and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2016.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum Director, Professor Burnis Morris, with U.S. Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden at a dinner in her honor in February of 2018, sponsored by the Drinko Academy.

Contact Us

Dr. Montserrat Miller
Executive Director

Kassidy Jordan
Program Coordinator

Cora Westmoreland
Executive Assistant

Dr. Wendell Dobbs
Musical Director

Dr. Clayton Brooks
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