The center was founded in 1990 through the generous bequest of Colorado Law alumnus, Ira C. Rothgerber. Professor Suzette Malveaux joined the White Center as its director in fall 2018.
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.
- 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.
- 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,” took place Friday, April 13, 2018.