Mark Kende Profile

Director of the Constitutional Law Center

James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutionalism, Civil Rights, Cyberlaw, Civil Procedure


JD – University of Chicago, Law Review
BA – Yale University, cum laude, Philosophy Honors

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 2004
Visiting professor at Notre Dame Law School
Visiting professor of law at the University of Paris II – Pantheon
Professor of law at the University of Montana Law School
Attorney at Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.
Clerk for The Hon. Julian Cook Jr. of the Eastern District, Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Corruption Cases and Separation of Powers in South African and U.S. Supreme Court Cases, 60 New York Law School Law Review 183 (2016).
  • Comparative Constitutional Law: South African Cases and Materials in a Global Context (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).
  • Enforcing the South African Constitution: The Fight for Judicial Independence and Separation of Powers, 23 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 35 (2014).
  • Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds, South Africa and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
  • Theater Law: Cases and Materials (co-author) (Carolina Academic Press, 2004).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Chair of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law
  • Africa Section Chair of the Association of American Law Schools
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, South Africa
  • Teacher of the Year Award at Montana Law School
  • Scholar of the Year Award at Montana Law School

Additional Information

Mark Kende Curriculum Vitae

Law School Events
April 28, 2017
Law School News
April 14, 2017
On May 3, the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights will host a panel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark case In Re Gault, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles have the constitutional right to legal counsel.