Published: Feb. 25, 2021
Panelists at event

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, University of Colorado Law School Professors Helen Norton and Fred Bloom sat down to discuss the U.S. Senate’s second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, held on February 9. The conversation was moderated by White Center Faculty Fellow Doug Spencer, with an introduction by White Center Director and Colorado Law Professor Suzette Malveaux.

The charges against former President Trump were serious: inciting an insurrection, subverting and obstructing the electoral process, and interfering with the peaceful transfer of power. Topics of this conversation included the legal parameters of incitement and free speech, the nature of holding a “trial” in an open legislative session, and the implications of the Senate's decision to try an individual who no longer holds public office.

A recording of this event can be requested by emailing

Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society (ACS).