2020 Rothgerber Conference

Thank you for your interest in the 28th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference, “Women’s Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment.” The law school, along with the broader CU Boulder campus, has been closely monitoring the emerging global coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The health, safety, and well-being of our community is our top priority.  

The Rothgerber Conference is taking place remotely on Friday April 3, from 8:30am-4:30pm (MT). As we have reached our full, 500-person capacity within our Zoom Webinar platform, we invite you to tune into the conference using our Colorado Law YouTube livestream link. While you will not be able to pose questions to the panelists through this livestream, you will be able to join us, in real time, as the conference unfolds.

This conference has been approved for 6 general CLE credits, which attendees of both the Zoom Webinar and YouTube livestream are eligible to receive. We will reach out to all Rothgerber attendees following the conference with instructions on obtaining the Affidavit. 

Check out our digital program for the full conference schedule and panelist bios. We hope you'll join us!

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2020 Rothgerber Conference 

2020 will mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, formally extending suffrage to some, but not all, women, and is a presidential election year with an unprecedented number of female candidates running for national and local offices. But barriers to both political rights and social, lived equality persist, particularly for women at the intersections of race, sex, and class. The 28th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference will use the centennial to take stock of how far we’ve come—and how far we have to go—in terms of formal political enfranchisement as well as the social and economic empowerment of women more broadly.

Rothgerber Webinar Schedule | April 3, 2020*

*All times listed below are in Mountain Time

8:30-9:00am  Introductory Remarks by Suzette Malveaux (Byron R. White Center Director, Colorado Law), Dean Anaya (Colorado Law), Sarah Parady (Colorado Women's Bar Association)

9:00-10:00am  Keynote Address: Reva Siegel (Yale Law)

10:00-10:15am  BREAK

10:15am-12:00pm  PANEL 1

"Historical Perspectives on the 19th Amendment: Looking Back, Looking Forward”

  • Susan Schulten (University of Denver)
  • Carolyn Ramsey (Colorado Law)
  • Julie Suk (CUNY)
  • Mary Ziegler (FSU Law)

12:00-12:15pm  BREAK

12:15-2:00pm  PANEL 2

“Barriers to Political Representation”

  • Dara Strolovitch (Princeton)
  • Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law)
  • Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law)
  • Ming H. Chen (Colorado Law)

2:00-2:15pm  BREAK

2:15-4:00pm  PANEL 3

“Lived Equality: Beyond Formal Political Rights”

  • Aya Gruber (Colorado Law)
  • Chinyere Ezie (Center for Constitutional Rights)
  • Diana Flynn (Lambda Legal)
  • Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado Law) 

4:00-4:30pm  Closing Remarks 



2019 Rothgerber Conference

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.

Suzette Malveaux

White Center Director Suzette Malveaux presents at the 2019 Rothgerber Conference


Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser


David Hausman, Esq., ACLU


Charlton Copeland (University of Miami School of Law)


Zachary D. Clopton (Cornell Law School)


Ahmed White (University of Colorado Law School), Portia Pedro (Boston University School of Law), and Howard Wasserman (Florida International University College of Law)

Hannah Regan-Smith

Hannah Regan-Smith ('19), editor-in-chief of the University of Colorado Law Review


Professor Suzette Malveaux and Colorado Law students

Rothberger scholars together for a hike in Boulder

Rothgerber scholars together for a hike in Boulder

Michael Morley speaking at the 27th Annual Conference

Michael Morley of FSU Law speaking at the 27th Annual Conference

Ahmed White

Ahmed White (Colorado Law)

Alan Trammell

Alan Trammel of Arkansas Law 

Panelists with Colorado Law Dean James Anaya

Panelists with Colorado Law Dean James Anaya

Panelists at Dinner

Doug Rendelman, Alan Trammel, and Howard Wasserman

Doug Rendleman of Washington and Lee School of Law

Doug Rendleman of Washington and Lee School of Law

Mila Sohoni of San Diego Law

Mila Sohoni of San Diego Law


Panelists of the 27th Annual Rothgerber Conference

Portia Pedro of BU Law

Portia Pedro of BU Law

Panelist Zachary Clopton of Cornell

Panelist Zachary Clopton of Cornell