Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16, 2024

Florida State University College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law will co-host the Fifteenth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at the Florida State University College of Law Campus, 425 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306.

This event will provide a forum for constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional careers to discuss current projects, doctrinal and theoretical developments in constitutional law, and future goals. The conference will bring together academics to discuss works-in-progress concerning a broad variety of constitutional issues—including Free Speech, Substantive Due Process, Equal Protection, Suffrage Rights, Campaign Finance, Interpretive Methods, Process Oriented Constitutionalism, Issues at the Interface of National Security and Constitutional Rights, Due Process Underpinnings of Criminal Procedure, Judicial Review, Executive Privilege, Suspect Classifications, Commerce Clause, and Comparative Constitutionalism—to present ideas and benefit from informed critiques. All submissions will be considered, but participation is by invitation only. Past participants have included constitutional law scholars from throughout the United States and several foreign countries. Presentations will be assigned to panels based on affinity of subject matter. The conference is also open to scholars who wish to attend sessions without presenting.

Keynote Speaker

Cristina Rodríguez, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Constitutional Law, Yale Law School

Paper Submission Procedure

Titles and abstracts of papers should be submitted electronically at https://luc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1OjCrOeM3EcCQlw no later than June 18, 2024. Abstracts for co-authored papers should be submitted only once.

Please submit 150 to 200 word abstracts interested in contributing to the current debates concerning constitutional theory and Supreme Court rulings. The goal of the Colloquium is to allow professors to develop new ideas with the help of supportive colleagues on a wide range of constitutional law topics.

Eligibility: The Constitutional Law Colloquium is aimed at Constitutional Law, Legal History, Political Science, and Philosophy scholars teaching full-time and part-time at the university, law school, and graduate levels on all matters of constitutional law.

The deadline to submit titles and abstracts is June 18, 2024.

Attending the Colloquium

All interested attendees are welcome to attend the Colloquium without presenting a paper. Please fill out this brief form to RSVP.

Conference Organizers

Professor Barry Sullivan, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy and George Anastaplo Professor of Constitutional Law and History, bsullivan7@luc.edu.

Professor Alexander Tsesis, Professor and D’Alemberte Chair in Constitutional Law, Florida State University College of Law, atsesis@law.fsu.edu.

Program Administrators: Jamie Perry and Jordan Mercer, ConstitutionLaw@luc.edu.

The deadline to submit titles and abstracts is June 18, 2024.


Keynote Speaker

Cristina Rodríguez

Cristina M. Rodríguez is the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her fields of research and teaching include constitutional law and theory, immigration law and policy, administrative law and process, and citizenship theory. In 2021, she was appointed by President Biden to co-chair the Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. Her recent writings include the 2020 Foreword to the Harvard Law Review, “Regime Change,” and the book, The President and Immigration Law, co-authored with Adam Cox and published by Oxford University Press in September 2020. In recent years, her work has focused on the relationships between administrative and executive governance and democratic politics and decisionmaking. She has turned to immigration law and related areas as vehicles through which to explore how the allocation and exercise of power (through federalism, the separation of powers, and the structure of the bureaucracy) shapes the management and resolution of legal and political conflict. Her work also has examined the effects of immigration on society and culture, as well as the legal and political strategies societies adopt to absorb immigrant populations. Rodríguez joined Yale Law School in 2013 after serving for two years as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. She was on the faculty at the New York University School of Law from 2004–2012 and has been Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford, Harvard, and Columbia Law Schools. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute, a trustee and non-resident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and a past member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where she received a Master of Letters in Modern History. Following law school, Rodríguez clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.