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

The work of the 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 2016–2017 school year. 

On September 2, 2016, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited Boulder for the 5th Annual John Paul Stevens Lecture. Justice Sotomayor participated in a question and answer forum at Macky Auditorium. 

From September 12–23, 2016, dozens of volunteers visited classrooms all over Colorado for the Colorado Law Constitution Day Project, offering an interactive lesson plan on voting rights. 

  • Register here if you are interested in participating as a volunteer. 
  • If you are a teacher who would like volunteers to visit your class, please register here.  

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, the American Constitution Society, and The Federalist Society. This year’s preview was held in Denver on September 26, 2016, and Boulder on September 28, 2016, and featured Colorado Law Professor Melissa Hart, DU Law Professors Sam Kamin and Alan Chen, and appellate expert Richard Westfall.

The 25th Annual Rothgerber Constitutional Law Conference will take place on Friday, April 14, 2017, and will address the topic of “Truth, Lies, and the Constitution.”


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