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Raymond B. Marcin was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was educated at Saint Thomas' Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Saint John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, and Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He holds A.B. degrees from Saint John's Seminary (philosophy) and Fairfield University (education). He received his law degree from Fordham University in 1964 and a master's degree in library science from The Catholic University of America in 1984. Before teaching law, Mr. Marcin worked as a legislative draftsman and analyst for the Connecticut state legislature, a staff counsel for the State of Connecticut's Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and an attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Hartford, Connecticut.

He joined The Catholic University of America School of Law in 1971 as a supervising attorney in the School's Center for National Policy Review and became a faculty member in 1972, rising to the rank of ordinary professor in 1979. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 1981, and has worked on the institute's Federal Judicial Code Revision, Draft Principles for the Law of Family Dissolution, and Restatement of Restitution projects.

He has been a member of the Advisory Council of the National Lawyers Association. He has lectured at the Silesian University in Katowice, Poland, and at the Jagiellonian University in Kracow, Poland. In 1995 he received the Mary, Mirror of Justice Award from the Catholic University chapter of the Guild of Catholic Lawyers. Mr. Marcin publishes mainly in the areas of legal philosophy and constitutional law.


In Search of Schopenhauer's Cat: Arthur Schopenhauer's Quantum-Mystical Theory of Justice. The Catholic University of America Press, 2006

The American Constitutional Order: History, Cases and Philosophy, 2nd edition. LexisNexis, 2004 (with Kmiec, Presser, and Eastman)

The History, Philosophy, and Structure of the American Constitution, 2nd edition. LexisNexis, 2004 (with Kmiec, Presser, and Eastman)

Individual Rights and the American Constitution, 2nd edition. LexisNexis, 2004 (with Kmiec, Presser, and Eastman)

Basic Substantive Law for Paralegals: Contracts, Torts, and Due Process. National Paralegal Institute, 1973.

Basic Substantive Law for Paralegals: Trainer's Manual
. National Paralegal Institute, 1973.


"The Moral Flaw in the Pro-Choice Position", 4 National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, No.4, p.2004); reprinted in 20 CUA Lawyer, no. 2, p. 27 (2004) "Gandhi and Justice", 7 LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture (no. 3) 17 (Summer, 2004)

"The City of Babel: Yesterday and Today" 6 LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, number 1, p. 120 (Winter, 2003).

"Tolstoy and the Christian Lawyer", 52 Catholic University Law Review 327 (2003).

"Security vs.. Personal Freedom: America's Challenge in the War on Terrorism", 6 NLA Review, no. 1, p. 2 (2002).

"The Spirit of Vatican II, Jubilee Optimism, and the Oath Against Modernism", 5 Eutopia: A Journal of Lay Catholic Thought (no. 2) 1 (2001).

"The Catholic Natural Law Tradition Today", 4 Eutopia: A Journal of Lay Catholic Thought (no. 3) 12 (2000).

"The Oath Against Modernism and the Spirit of Vatican II." Catholic Family News 7 (2000): 24.

"The Bishops' New Statement on Abortion: Why It Isn't Accomplishing Much of Anything." New Oxford Review 66(1999): 30.

"Natural Law, Homosexual Conduct, and the Public Policy Exception." Creighton L. Rev. 32 (1998): 67.

"The Etiology of Modernism." The Remnant 30, no. 21 (1997): 1.

"Modernism and the 'Tail of the Devil.'" Eutopia: A Journal of Catholic Lay Thought 1 (1997).

"Abortion, Issue Balancing, and the 'Catholic Vote.'" National Lawyers Association Review (Spring 1997): 25.

"Individualism and Communitarianism in U.S. Constitutional Theory." Prawa Czlowieka 10 (1995): 117.

"Schopenhauer's Theory of Justice." Catholic University Law Review 43 (Spring 1994): 813.

"'Posterity' in the Preamble and a Positivist Pro-Life Position." American Journal of Jurisprudence 38 (1993): 273.

"Psychological Type Theory in the Legal Profession." University of Toledo Law Review 24 (Fall 1992): 103.

"The City of Babel: Ancient & Modern." Simon Greenleaf Law Review 4 (Annual 1985): 107.

"Justice and Love." Catholic University Law Review 33 (Winter 1984): 363.

"Revelation 13:17." Christian Legal Society Quarterly 5 (Annual 1984): 30.

"Homer's Soul (Poem)." The Classical Outlook: Journal of the American Classical League (March/April 1983): 80.

"Law, Like Life, Like Love." Delaware Law Forum 10, no. 5 (1983): 6.

"Computer Uses in Law Libraries." ALSA Forum 6 (Winter 1982): 38.

"Tolstoy and the Christian Lawyer." Christian Legal Society Quarterly 1, no. 3 (1980): 5.

"Epieikeia: Equitable Lawmaking in the Construction of Statutes." Connecticut Law Review 10 (Winter 1978): 377.

"Ideological Pluralism and Government Regulation of Private Morality." Capital University Law Review 7 (1978): 521.

"Punctuation and the Interpretation of Statutes." Connecticut Law Review 9 (Winter 1977): 227.

"A Model Act for the Certification of Paralegals and the Accreditation of Paralegal Training Programs." Seton Hall Legislative Journal 2 (Summer 1977): 122.

"The Physician's Role in the Abortion Decision." Jurist 35 (Winter 1975): 66 (with Julia Marcin, M.D.).

"Searching for the Origin of Class Action." Catholic University Law Review 23 (Spring 1974): 515.

"A History of Connecticut's Long Island Sound Boundary." Connecticut Bar Journal 46 (1972): 506.

"Nineteenth Century De Jure School Segregation in Connecticut." Connecticut Bar Journal 45 (1971): 394.

"The Conscientious Objector Exemption as an Establishment and an Accommodation of Religion." Connecticut Bar Journal 40 (September 1966): 426.


An Introduction to the Law of Evidence: Training Manual for New Welfare Hearing Officers
. Chicago: American Bar Association, 1974.


"Review essay on The Problems of Jurisprudence by Richard A. Posner." Catholic University Law Review 40 (Fall 1990): 107.

"Review essay on Red, White, and Blue: A Critical Analysis of Constitutional Law by Mark Tushnet." Catholic University Law Review 38 (Fall 1988): 135.

"Review of Law, Behavior, and Mental Health: Policy and Practice by Steven R. Smith and Robert G. Meyer." Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 4 (Spring 1988): 496.

"Review of Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition by Harold J. Berman." Catholic University Law Review 33 (Fall 1983): 313.


"Homelessness: A Commentary and a Bibliography." The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 4 (Spring 1988): 203.