The center was founded in 1990 through the generous bequest of Colorado Law alumnus, Ira C. Rothgerber. Professor Melissa Hart has been the Director of the White Center since 2010. One of Professor Hart's major goals has been to expand the Center’s public visibility by instituting three new public outreach efforts:
- Colorado Law Constitution Day Project: This project launched in September 2011 and enables Colorado Law students and professors, along with area lawyers, to visit high school classrooms in honor of Constitution Day.
- If you are a law student or attorney interested in volunteering for Constitution day, click here.
- If you are a teacher who would like a Constitution Day presenter, click here.
- Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project: Through the Marshall-Brennan Project, upper-level Colorado Law students partner with public school teachers in underserved high schools to teach a course about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The project exposes high school students to higher education opportunities and encourages them to participate in a moot court competition hosted at Colorado Law each spring.
- John Paul Stevens Lecture: The Stevens Lecture brings a well-known jurist to Colorado Law each year and is open to the public. The inaugural lecture was delivered in 2011 by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave the 2012 lecture, and former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visited in 2013. Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the fourth Stevens Lecture on October 1, 2014, where he discussed constitutional interpretation. Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited Boulder for the 5th Annual John Paul Stevens Lecture on Friday, September 2, 2016. The 2017 John Paul Stevens Lecture will take place on Tuesday September 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carr Judicial Center in Denver. Former Chief Judge of the State of New York will speak on “Changing the Dialogue on Access to Justice.” Registration is available here.
- Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference: Each year, the Rothgerber Conference brings scholars to Colorado for a discussion of timely questions of constitutional significance. The 26th Annual Rothgerber Constitution Law Conference, “Listeners and the First Amendment,” will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm.