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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.

Constitution Day Lecture

Each year, Drake University holds an event in honor of Constitution Day. The event usually involves a speech by a distinguished expert in constitutional law. The speaker also typically meets with the faculty at the law school. 

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022
3 p.m., Room 213, Cartwright Hall

"Saving the Constitution"
Professor Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

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A constitutional law expert whose scholarship focuses on the structure of legal and constitutional argument. 

Standard Live event CLE Activity Number: 384663
Live Webcast event CLE Activity Number: 384034 or 384662
Audio on Demand CLE Activity Number: 384661

Please see the listing of past events for more information. 


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.

Thursday, March 9, 2023
3 p.m., Room 213, Cartwright Hall

Julie Suk, Professor of Law at Fordham University

An interdisciplinary and comparative legal scholar researching equality at the intersection of law, history, sociology, and politics in the United States and globally.

Please see the listing of past events for more information. 


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. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023
3 -4 p.m.

Virtual event

"The Challenge for Originalism from Precedent"
Michael Rappaport, Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, University of San Diego School of Law.

His research interests include originalism, administrative law, the separation of powers, federalism, the constitutional amendment process, and supermajority rules.

Live Webcast event CLE Activity Number: 387711 (1 hour)
Audio on Demand CLE Activity Number: 387712 (1 hour)

This event is held every other year, please see the past events for more information.


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.

2023 Constitutional Law Symposium
Saturday, April 15, 2023

9 a.m. -1 p.m., Room 213, Cartwright Hall

"The Scales of Justice Tilt Right: Abortion, Affirmative Action, and the Administrative State."

Dr. Teresa Stanton Collett, Professor of Law; Director, Pro-Life Center, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis)

Mark S. Kende, James Madison Chair Professor in Constitutional Law; Director, Drake Constitutional Law Center, Drake Law School

Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Dr. Vinay Harpalani, Professor of Law; Lee & Leon Kavelitz Chair in Evidence & Procedure, University of New Mexico School of Law

Ilan Wurman, Associate Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Dr. Nicholas Parillo, William K. Townsend Professor of Law and Professor of History, Yale Law School

Register here.

The Constitutional Law Center gratefully acknowledges key support for our events, such as the symposium, from the Nathan S. McCay, LW'80, Endowment and the Drake Constitutional Law Fund.

Please see the listing of past events for more information. 


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.

View a list of the Drake Constitutional Law Center's past events.

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