Friday, November 10 & Saturday, November 11, 2023

Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Florida State University College of Law are organizing the Fourteenth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

This event provides 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 brings 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, Process Oriented Constitutionalism, Constitutional Theory and Interpretation, 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. Submissions from foreign scholars are welcome. 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 making a presentation.

Keynote Speaker

Vicki C. Jackson, Laurence H. Tribe Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

Paper Submission Procedure

Titles and abstracts of papers should be submitted electronically at https://luc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_79TeASeEcUuzuJw no later than June 20, 2023.

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 Loyola 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 20, 2023.

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

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

Program Administrators: Lydia Parks and Jamie Perry, ConstitutionLaw@luc.edu

The deadline to submit titles and abstracts is June 20, 2023.

Keynote Speaker

Vicki C. Jackson

Vicki C. Jackson, Laurence H. Tribe Professor of Constitutional Law (previously known as the Thurgood Marshall Professor of Constitutional Law), writes and teaches about U.S. constitutional law, federal courts, and comparative constitutional law. She is the author of Constitutional Engagement in a Transnational Era (2010), and coauthor, with Mark Tushnet, of Comparative Constitutional Law (3d ed. 2014), a course book in the field. She has written on federalism, gender equality, election law, free speech, knowledge institutions, sovereign immunity, justiciability, judicial independence, proportionality review, the co-evolution of international and constitutional law, methodological challenges in comparative constitutional law, and other topics.

Her edited collections include Comparative Constitutional Law (2020) (with Mila Versteeg, co-editor); Proportionality: New Frontiers, New Challenges (2017) (with Mark Tushnet, co-editor); Constitutionalism Across Borders in the Struggle Against Terrorism (2016) (with Federico Fabbrini, co-editor); Federal Courts Stories (2010) (with Judith Resnik, co-editor); and Defining the Field of Constitutional Law (2002) (with Mark Tushnet, co-editor). Other books include Federalism (2013) (with Susan Low Bloch) and a course book, Inside the Supreme Court: The Institution and Its Procedures (2d ed., 2008) (with Susan Low Bloch and Thomas G. Krattenmaker). Her current scholarly projects include work on normative conceptions of the role of elected representatives in a democracy; the role of knowledge institutions in constitutional democracies (and implications for U.S. First Amendment and administrative law); the role of effective government in sustaining constitutionalism; proportionality as principle and doctrine; and judging and gender.

In addition to being on advisory boards of scholarly journals (Federal Law Review and Global Constitutionalism), she was (2015-2021) the Reporter for the ALI’s Project, Principles of the Law: Student Sexual Misconduct: Procedural Frameworks for Colleges and Universities. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), as its President, and as Chair of the AALS Federal Courts Section, and has also served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, on the Board of Managerial Trustees of the International Association of Women Judges, and on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors. She also has practiced law, in private practice and as a government lawyer in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice.