Constitutional Law Center Events

An integral part of the Constitutional Law Center's mission are the various lectures that invite the nation's top scholars, judges, and lawyers to campus.

Constitutional Law Symposium

The annual Constitutional Law Symposium invites scholars, judges, and lawyers from across the country to discuss a timely constitutional issue. The proceedings are published in the Drake Law Review.

Constitution Day Lecture

Each year Constitution Day is recognized on Drake University's campus as laid out in the creation of the four Constitutional Law Centers.  The speaker also meets with the faculty at the law school.

Jack Balkin, Yale Law School
Topic:  TBA
September 20, 2018
3 p.m.
Cartwright Hall, Room 213

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Constitutional Law Center's Distinguished Lecture Series brings to campus the nation's leading constitutional scholars to engage students and faculty on the important issues of the day. Speakers deliver a formal lecture, teach a class, and meet with students in informal settings.

Michael Paulsen, The University of St. Thomas
Topic:  TBA
November 1, 2018
3 p.m.
Cartwright Hall, Room 213

Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture Series

In 2012, the center initiated the Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture Series to feature prominent experts on the topic of the Iowa Constitution every other year. The event is made possible by the generous gifts of Patrick Grant, LW'76, and family.

Dwight D. Opperman Lecture series

In 1988, Dwight D. Opperman, LW'51, former chairman of West Publishing Company, endowed the lecture series to bring the country's top jurists and legal scholars to Drake. Since then, 11 U.S. Supreme Court justices have delivered the Opperman Lecture.


See a list of the Constitutional Law Center's past events.

Law School Events
June 13, 2018
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
July 12, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Law School News
May 2, 2018
Jacqueline Garcia is celebrating two milestones this month: She’ll receive her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and wrap up her first year of law school at Drake University.
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