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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. 

2021 Constitution Day

Dahlia Lithwick, U.S Supreme Court correspondent, Slate magazine

September 16, 2021 
3-4 p.m.

This event will be held virtually and Drake will apply for CLE credit.  A registration link will be posted here when it is available, as well any other information about the lecture.

 

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.

Speakers, topics and dates will be announced here for the 2021-2022 academic year when they have been confirmed.

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.  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.

Speakers, topics and the date will be announced here for the 2021-2022 academic year when they have been confirmed.

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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