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.


White Center Director, Professor Melissa Hart, was recently honored by the Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation as a pioneer, leader, and innovator. Check out the video to learn more. View

We hope that you will join us for some of our upcoming events:

  • Constitution Day 2014, September 15–26, 2014:  Each year, we send volunteer lawyers, law students, and law professors into high schools all over Colorado to teach a lesson about our Constitution. 

If you are interested in doing a presentation this year, please sign up here. Sign Up

If you are a teacher interested in having us visit your class, please sign up here. Sign Up

  • Fourth Annual John Paul Stevens Lecture, October 1, 2014:  This year, United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will be speaking on "Constitutional Interpretation." Registration for this event is now closed.

If you are interested in information about live-streaming of the event to venues outside of Boulder, please email us at

  • Fortieth Annual Austin W. Scott Lecture, October 9, 2014: White Center Director Professor Melissa Hart will give this year's lecture, entitled "The Ethical Obligations of the Modern Law School."  Register
  • Supreme Court Preview, October 13 and 15, 2014: Professors Melissa Hart and Richard Collins from Colorado Law and Professors Sam Kamin and Alan Chen from Denver Law will discuss the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term. On October 13, the talk will take place at Wolf Law, Room 207, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. On October 15, the talk will take place at Holland & Hart,  555 17th Street, Suite #3200 in Denver from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 1 general CLE credit has been requested. Lunch is included at both events. Register
  • Colorado Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition, January 24, 2015: High school students from around Colorado will come to Wolf Law Building to participate in a moot court competition. Finalists in this competition have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the National Marshall-Brennan High School Moot Court Competition in the spring.


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