Step aside, Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Move over, Mocha Macchiato. There’s a new ice cream in town, and it’s called Marberry v. Madison.

Michelle Behnke '88 samples Marberry v. Madison

Marberry v. Madison, created in honor of University of Wisconsin Law School’s 150th anniversary, combines chocolate ice cream with strawberries, raspberries, and a marshmallow swirl. The name and flavor are the result of a contest, sponsored by UW Law earlier this year, that brought in more than 400 submissions. The Law School put the submissions to a vote and debuted the winning ice cream at its 150th anniversary kickoff weekend in October, held in conjunction with UW’s Homecoming.

The ice cream’s name is a play on the 1803 U.S. Supreme Court case, Marbury v. Madison, that established the principle of judicial review. In other words, the decision gave courts the authority to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional. Dean Margaret Raymond, along with hundreds of guests attending the anniversary, declared the new ice cream delicious.

“Our ice cream has marshmallow, it’s got berries, it’s got Madison. It was obviously meant to be,” said Raymond.

Besides getting its name from a landmark case, Marberry v. Madison was made for UW Law by the historic Babcock Hall Dairy, a plant established on the UW-Madison campus in 1951. Scoops of the signature ice cream were served up at the kickoff event from the UW’s vintage ice cream truck. The Law School plans to continue offering the ice cream at events throughout its sesquicentennial year.


Submitted by Law School News on March 28, 2019

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