The Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference on Constitutional Law is an annual Byron R. White Center event that brings scholars and lawyers from across the nation to the University of Colorado Law School to discuss current Constitutional law issue. Topics have included the future of national injunctions, listeners’ First Amendment rights and litigation strategies that promote Constitutional change.
2021 Rothgerber Conference
The 29th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference: Pursuing Citizenship, occured virtually this year on Friday, April 9, 2021, with a special, pre-conference performance of Motus Theater's UndocuMonologues.
This year's conference built upon Colorado Law Professor Ming Hsu Chen's new book, Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era, in which she argues that the citizen/alien binary should instead be reframed as a spectrum of citizenship, a concept that emphasizes continuities between the otherwise distinct experiences of membership and belonging for immigrants seeking to become citizens. In addition, citizenship consists of economic, social, political, and legal dimensions; the modern era of intense immigration enforcement distorts the balance and produces a sense of citizenship insecurity. This conference charted a broad conception of citizenship, putting the law in its social context, and explored its inextricable relationship to immigration enforcement in the modern era. To read more about the conference, click here.
Motus Theater’s Undocumonologues
Motus Theater presented UndocuMonologues, which weaves together autobiographical monologues from undocumented writers, interwoven with the music of Elisa Garcia. Story themes include the threat of deportation, the injustice of being sent into exile from the country in which you were raised, border patrol, the current human and civil rights threats to immigrants, and racial profiling.
Two monologues were performed by the writers themselves, while the third was read aloud by special guest, the Honorable Mimi Tsankov, National Association of Immigration Judges, who reflected upon her experience connecting with that story. The event concluded with a 20 minute talk-back, where audience members reflected on their experience and posed questions to those involved. For more information about Motus Theater and how to get involved, please visit: https://www.motustheater.org.
2021 Conference Panels & Panelists
Opening: Ming Hsu Chen (Colorado Law), author of Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era in conversation with Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA School of Law)
Panel 1: Citizenship Theory Beyond Legal Status
Moderator: Seema Sohi (Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado Boulder)
Niambi Carter (Political Science, Howard University), Elizabeth Cohen (Political Science, Syracuse University), Allen Colbern (Political Science, Arizona State University), Amanda Frost (Washington College of Law).
Lunchtime Panel: Stories of Immigrants
Moderator: Violeta Chapin (Clinical Faculty, Colorado Law)
Salvador Hernandez (Colorado State Director, Mi Familia Vota), Alan Sanchez (CU Alumni), Shiyan Zhang (CU Alumni).
Panel 2: Citizenship, Integration, and Belonging
Moderator: David Cook-Martin (Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder)
Tomas Jimenez (Sociology, Stanford), Cristina Rodriguez (Yale Law School), Stella Burch Elias (University of Iowa College of Law), Shannon Gleeson (Labor Relations, Law & History, Cornell), Xóchitl Bada (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago).
Panel 3: Noncitizens, Exclusion, and Enforcement
Moderator: Hunter Knapp (Postdoctoral fellow, University of Colorado Law)
Adam Goodman (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago), Rebecca Hamlin (Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Laura Lunn (Detention Program Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network), Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (Penn State Law).
Opening, Panel 1 & Lunch Panel
2019 Rothgerber Conference