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 nation to Colorado Law for a discussion on a current constitutional issue. 

The White Center will host two Rothgerber conferences during the 2015-16 school year, each honoring a retiring member of the Colorado Law faculty. 

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 continued on Friday, October 16, from 9 am-2 pm. Our panelists were:

Upcoming conferences...

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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Last year's conference...

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. There were three panels during the conference, focusing on these topics: race and constitutional litigation; getting to same-sex marriage; and constitutional litigation and movement identity. Our panelists were:

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."