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

  • Unmasking of Balancing and Proportionality Review in U.S. Constitutional Law, 25 Cardozo J.of International and Comparative Law 417 (2017).
  • 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
Mark Kende SSRN Author Page

Law School Events
March 22, 2018
08:00 AM - 11:30 AM
March 22, 2018
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
March 23, 2018
08:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Law School News
March 12, 2018
Drake Law School is pleased to announce alumni award winners. Karen Shaff, LW’79, was named the 2018 Alumna of the Year; Kristina Stanger, LW’05, was named the 2018 Recent Alumna of the Year; and Robert Oberbillig, LA'56, LW'58, received the Distinguished Public Service Award.