The Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law

The work of the Byron R. White Center is premised on the belief that informed and engaged citizens are essential to our constitutional democracy. Our mission is to:

  • support excellence in constitutional legal scholarship,
  • offer opportunities for Colorado Law students to serve the community, and
  • expand public knowledge and informed discussion about the Constitution.


The White Center’s calendar is full of great events for the 2015-2016 school year. 

The Colorado Law Constitution Day Project, now in its fifth year will be sending students and attorneys into high school classrooms around Colorado between September 14-26 to teach an interactive lesson about the relationship between the First Amendment and Colorado’s law prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations. 

  • If you are a law student or attorney interested in volunteering for Constitution day, click here.
  • If you are a teacher who would like a Constitution Day presenter, click here

On September 15 the White Center is co-sponsoring an exciting Civic Engagement Forum with Former FBI Director Robert Mueller.  This event will bring together students, teachers and law enforcement to discuss law enforcement, constitutional rights, and the impact of the internet on both.  The forum will be held from 7-9 pm at the Colorado Ballroom, Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202. Register now for free tickets to this event at  Although tickets (reservations) are free, all attendees must register in advance.

We will continue our annual tradition of co-sponsoring a Supreme Court Term Preview with the DU Sturm College of Law’s Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program.  This year’s preview will be held in Denver on October 7 and Boulder on October 8, co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society and featuring Colorado Law Professors Melissa Hart and Robert Nagel and DU Professors Sam Kamin and Alan Chen.  Register here.

The 23rd Annual Rothgerber Conference, “Presidential Interpretation of the Constitution,” will bring academics from around the country to explore the themes raised in Professor Hal Bruff’s recently published Uncommon Ground: How Presidents Interpret the Constitution.  The Conference will begin with a keynote talk by Professor Bruff on Thursday October 15, 5:30 pm, in the Wittemyer Courtroom.  Panel discussions will continue on Friday October 16 from 9 am-2 pm.  To register:

On April 7-8, 2016, the 24th Annual Rothgerber Conference will offer attendees the opportunity to recognize the contributions of Colorado Law Professor Robert Nagel to constitutional scholarship over the course of his career.


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