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.


Sept. 27, 2018The Honorable Carlos F. Lucero, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, delivered the 2018 John Paul Stevens Lecture, "A Constitutional Call to Arms and Reflections on a Judicial Career."


Highlights from the 2017-18 school year:

The 2017 John Paul Stevens Lecture took place Sept. 26 at the Carr Judicial Center in Denver. Former Chief Judge of the State of New York spoke on “Changing the Dialogue on Access to Justice.”

Students, lawyers, and law professors visited classrooms all over the state for the 2017 Colorado Law Constitution Day Project from Sept. 11-22. This year’s lesson plan required students to grapple with the relationship between the First Amendment and a school’s responsibility to maintain a disciplined teaching environment.

In October, the Byron White Center partnered with the DU Sturm College of Law’s Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program to offer a Continuing Legal Education presentation examining the upcoming Supreme Court Term. The CLE was offered in Denver on October 3 at the offices of Holland & Hart and in Boulder on October 4 in Room 204 at the Wolf Law Building. 

The 26th Annual Rothgerber Constitution Law Conference, "Listeners and the First Amendment," took place Friday, April 13, 2018 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Speakers from around the U.S. explored a broad range of issues related to listeners’ constitutional interests and rights. Topics included when and why listeners’ interests should matter to First Amendment law, how we might go about determining listeners’ interests, and what to do when listeners’ interests may be in tension with speakers’ interests -- generally or in specific contexts involving speech to voters, consumers, workers, students, information users, shareholders, clients, consumers of the media, and other specific individuals or communities.

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