Published: April 7, 2017

The University of Colorado Law School and the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law will host the 25th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference, which is free and open to the public, April 14.

This year’s conference, “Truth, Lies, and the Constitution,” will explore a broad range of issues related to law and lies. Panel discussions will focus on topics including, “Lies, Law, and Public Policy,” “Deception, Hypocrisy, and the Constitution,” and “The Diversity of Lies (and Other Forms of Deception): Legal Theory and Doctrine.”

“We lie frequently and for a wide variety of reasons. Some of our lies are devastating in their hurtfulness, while others may feel benign or even helpful. This conference will explore, among other topics, the ways in which the Constitution sometimes protects lies—and sometimes permits government to regulate them. It will also examine whether and when the Constitution prohibits our government from lying to us,” said Helen Norton, professor and Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. Chair in Constitutional Law.

Dean S. James Anaya will kick off the conference with a welcome and introduction on Friday, April 14, in room 207 of the Wolf Law Building. Scholars from across the nation will continue the conversations in panel discussions from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Reservations for all attendees are required and can be made at Registration is free of charge for all attendees. The event has been approved for five Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

Last year’s Rothgerber conferences brought together scholars and lawyers to celebrate the careers of Colorado Law Professors Harold Bruff and Robert Nagel (both recently retired) and recognized their contributions to constitutional scholarship.

The conference and the White Center are made possible by generous gifts from Ira C. Rothgerber Jr., who died in 1993.