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.

"Is Constitutional Democracy Endangered in the U.S. and Abroad?"
April 14, 2018
Cartwright Hall, Room 213
8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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, University of Iowa College of Law
  • David Stebenne, Professor of History and Law, Ohio State University

Online registration is available by clicking here

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.

The Development of Constitutional Conservatism
March 29, 2018
Cartwright Hall, Room 213
3 p.m.

Professor Ken Kersch, Professor of Political Science at Boston College will be speaking.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, he is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri.

Check back for additional 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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