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.

2017 Constitution Day Lecture

"Free Speech on Campus"
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley School of Law

Sept. 14, 2017
3-4 p.m.
Cartwright Hall, Room 213

This event has been approved for one hour of Federal and Iowa CLE (Activity #269917).

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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.

Free Speech in Public Schools: From Black Armbands to BONG HiTS* FOR JESUS
Justin Driver, Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Oct. 26, 2017
3 p.m.
Cartwright Hall, Room 206

*Actual capitalization of students' banner that was the subject of Morse v. Frederick.

This event has been approved for one hour of Federal and Iowa CLE (Activity #271180).

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.

"Is Constitutional Democracy Endangered in the U.S. and Abroad?"
April 14, 2018
Cartwright Hall, Room 213

Speakers include:

Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago Law School

Elizabeth Price Foley, Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law

John Reitz, Edward Carmody Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Programs and Visiting Scholars, Univeristy of Iowa College of Law

David Stebenne, Professor of History and Law, Ohio State University

More speakers may be added.  Check back for additional symposium details.

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.

Check back for more information about upcoming events.

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.

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October 6, 2017
Justin Driver, Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, will deliver a lecture titled "Free Speech in Public Schools: From Black Armbands to BONG HiTS FOR JESUS" on Oct. 26.
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