Constitutional Law Center Resources

The Constitutional Law Center at Drake provides resources on the U.S. Constitution and areas of constitutional law.

Recent Publications

Mark Kende, Unmasking of Balancing and Proportionality Review in U.S. Constitutional Law, 25 Cardoza J. of International and Comparative Law 417 (2017).

Mark Kende, Corruption Cases and Separation of Powers in South African and U.S. Supreme Court Cases, 60 New York Law School Law Review 183 (2015-2016) (Symposium on the 20th Anniversary of the South African Constitution).

Mark Kende, Comparative Constitutional Law: South African Cases and Materials in a Global Context (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).

Mark Kende, Justice Thomas’s Korematsu Problem, 30 Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethic Justice 201 (2014).

Mark Kende, Enforcing the South African Constitution: The Fight for Judicial Independence and Separation of Powers, 23 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 235 (2014).

Mark Kende, Is Bakke Becoming a Super-Precedent and Does it Matter? The U.S. Supreme Court’s Updated Constitutional Approach to University Affirmative Action in Fisher, 16 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 15 (2013) (HEIGHTENED SCRUTINY online supplement).

Mark Kende, Teaching Comparative Perspectives in the Domestic Constitutional Law Class: A Step by Step Primer, 61 Journal of Legal Education 310 (2011).

Mark Kende, The U.S. Supreme Court as Fact Finder?, Constitutional Law JOTWELL (Oct. 24, 2012) (with Matthew Shimnaovsky).

Mark Kende, Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds: South Africa and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2009).


General Resources

Blogs – Constitutional Law

Balkinization – Focuses on constitutional, First Amendment, and civil liberties issues
Constitutional Law Prof Blog – Covers congressional authority, federalism, and legislative action at the state and federal levels related to interpretation of the U.S. Constitution
I-CONnect – Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law
SCOTUSblog – Discusses recent developments in U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence

Blogs – Foreign Courts

Verfassungsblog – Germany 
Law and Other Things – India
Constitutionally Speaking – South Africa
UKSC Blog – United Kingdom

U.S. Government Websites

Additional Constitutional Law Websites

The Avalon Project – Documents in law, history, and diplomacy
The Constitution Society – Dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government
Oyez at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
U.S. Constitution: The Failed Amendments
The Founder's Constitution
Institute for Constitutional History

Constitutional Law Search Engines

Findlaw: U.S. Constitution
University of Michigan Clark Library – Congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents
Constitution Finder – Links to constitutions of other countries
The Constitute Project

Constitutional Law Journals

Newspaper Resources

The Washington Post's Courts and the Law

Centers for the Study of the Constitution

Law School News
August 17, 2018
Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, gave a special lecture to approximately 350 Drake Law students, faculty, and staff on Aug. 16.