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.

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 213

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

2017 Constitution Day Lecture

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California-Berkeley School of Law
Sept. 14, 2017
3-4 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.

Check back for more information about upcoming events.

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

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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 News
August 18, 2017
Drake Law School will honor former U.S. Congressman Neal Smith, LW'50, on Sept. 21. The event will feature selections from a videotaped interview in which Smith reveals details of his nearly four decades in public service.
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