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. 

In September 2015, dozens of volunteers visited more than 80 classrooms around Colorado for the Colorado Law Constitution Day Project, offering an interactive lesson plan that raised the tough questions surrounding the relationship between the First Amendment and Colorado’s law prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations. 

On September 15, the White Center co-sponsored an exciting Civic Engagement Forum with Former FBI Director Robert Mueller.  This event brought together students, teachers and law enforcement to discuss law enforcement, constitutional rights, and the impact of the internet on both.

We continued 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 was 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.

The 23rd Annual Rothgerber Conference, “Presidential Interpretation of the Constitution,” brought 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 began with a keynote talk by Professor Bruff on Thursday October 15, 5:30 pm, in the Wittemyer Courtroom.  Panel discussions will continued on Friday October 16 from 9 am-2 pm. 

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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