Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference

The Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference on Constitutional Law is an annual White Center event that brings scholars from across the country to Colorado Law for a discussion on a current constitutional issue. 

At the 22nd Annual Rothgerber Conference, on October 2, 2014, academics and attorneys from around the country gathered to discuss how litigation strategy has pushed and is continuing to push constitutional change.

Race and Constitutional Litigation
9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Moderator: Ahmed White, Professor, University of Colorado Law School

  • Ellen Katz, University of Michigan Law School, "The Voting Rights Act after Shelby County"
  • Christopher Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law, "Litigating Against the Civil Rights Movement"
  • Anders Walker, St. Louis University School of Law, "A Lawyer Looks at Civil Disobedience: Lexis F. Powell, Jr. Reframes the Civil Rights Revolution"
  • Dennis Parker, American Civil Liberties Union, "Betraying Brown: Desegregation and the Constitution Sixty Years Later"
  • Tom Romero, DU Sturm College of Law, "The Keyes to Pursuing a Litigation Strategy in a Colorblind Multiracial United States"

Getting to Same-Sex Marriage 
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Moderator: John McHugh, Reilly Pozner, LLP

  • David Codell, National Center for Lesbian Rights, "Getting to Equality through Marriage"
  • Dahlia Lithwick, Slate, "Moving Anthony Kennedy"
  • Douglas NeJaime, UC-Irvine School of Law, "Parenthood Before and After Marriage"

Lunch Break
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Constitutional Litigation and Movement Identity
1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Moderator: Jean Dubofsky, Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado Law School

  • David Kopel, Independence Institute, "Restoration of Civil Rights: Litigating the Second Amendment Back into Normal Constitutional Law"
  • Hank Chambers, Richmond School of Law, "The Problems Inherent in Litigating Religious Rights in Employment Cases"
  • Ann Southworth, UC-Irvine School of Law, "The Support Structure for Campaign Finance Litigation in the Roberts Court"
  • Adam Winkler, UCLA School of Law, "Civil Rights Entrepreneurs"
  • Mary Ziegler, Florida State University College of Law, "Identity Contests: Abortion, Litigation, and the Meaning of Social Movement Causes"
The 21st Annual Rothgerber Conference focused on federalism and its impact on the constitutional debates surrounding the legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, gun rights, and immigration. Yale Law School Professor Heather Gerken gave the conference's keynote address, entitled "The Political Safeguards of Horizontal Federalism."

Last Year's Keynote Address by Professor Heather Gerken