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 

Panel 2 

Panel 3 

2020 Rothgerber Conference

Suzette Malveaux (Byron R. White Center Director)

Suzette Malveaux (Byron R. White Center Director) with (top to bottom) Sarah Parady (CO Women's Bar Assoc.), Reva Siegel (Yale Law, Keynote), Dean Anaya (Colorado Law).

Reva Siegel (Yale Law, Keynote)

Reva Siegel (Yale Law) delivering her keynote address.

Panel 1

Panel 1: "Historical Perspectives," with (top left to bottom right) Susan Schulten (University of Denver), Mary Ziegler (Florida State), Julie Suk (CUNY), Angela Boettcher (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), and Carolyn Ramsey (Colorado Law).

Susan Schulten

Panel 1 speaker, Susan Schulten (University of Denver).

Julie Suk

Panel 1 speaker, Julie Suk (CUNY, Graduate Center).

Bertrall Ross

Panel 2 speaker, Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law), with (left to right) Jane Waterman (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law), and Dara Strolovitch (Princeton). 

Panel 2

Panel 2 speakers, (top left to bottom right), Ming H. Chen (Colorado Law), Jane Waterman (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law), Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law), and Dara Strolovitch (Princeton). 

Panel 2

Panel 2 speakers (top to bottom), Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law), Ming H. Chen (Colorado Law), Jane Waterman (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), and Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law).

Panel 3

Panel 3 speakers, (top left to bottom right), Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado Law), Diana Flynn (Lambda Legal), Quentin Morse (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), Aya Gruber (Colorado Law), and Chinyere Ezie (Center for Constitutional Rights). 

Panel 3

Panel 3 speakers (top to bottom), Quentin Morse (Student Moderator, Colorado Law), Aya Gruber (Colorado Law), and Chinyere Ezie (Center for Constitutional Rights). 

Scott Skinner-Thompson

Panel 3 speaker, Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado Law).

2019 Rothgerber Conference

Suzette Malveaux

White Center Director Suzette Malveaux presents at the 2019 Rothgerber Conference

Weiser

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser

Hausman

David Hausman, Esq., ACLU

Copeland

Charlton Copeland (University of Miami School of Law)

Question

Zachary D. Clopton (Cornell Law School)

group

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

group

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

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