In Focus: Marberry v. Madison

150th Celebration, holding ice cream
Photo © Andy Manis

Step aside, Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Move over, Mocha Macchiato. Marberry v. Madison, a sweet treat that only happens once in 150 years, was selected as UW Law’s official sesquicentennial ice cream. It combined chocolate ice cream with strawberries, raspberries, and a marshmallow swirl. The name and flavor were the result of a contest, sponsored by UW Law, 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 US 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 Foundation’s vintage ice cream truck. The Law School offered the ice cream at events throughout its sesquicentennial year.

Dean Margaret Raymond at Babcock Hall Dairy plant
Dean Margaret Raymond, pictured with Babcock Hall Dairy Plant manager Bill Klein, visited the dairy plant on the day Marberry v. Madison was produced.