Constitutional Law Colloquium


Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, Oil on Canvas, Howard Chandler Christy.

Friday November, 8 – Saturday, November 9, 2019

Phillip H. Corboy Law Center
25 East Pearson St., Chicago, IL 


Pamela S. Karlan
Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law
Stanford Law School

The Colloquium is supported by research funds from The Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law

Hosted by Professors Barry Sullivan, Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy; & Alexander Tsesis, Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is organizing a Constitutional Law Colloquium at the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

This is the tenth annual Loyola colloquium and brings together constitutional law scholars at all stages of their professional development to discuss current projects, doctrinal developments in constitutional law, and future goals. We hope to schedule presentations for all who submit. In this way, we will provide a forum for the vetting of ideas and invaluable opportunities for informed critiques. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.

The deadline to submit titles and abstracts is June 21, 2019. Presentations will be grouped by subject matter.

The Law Center is located on Loyola's Water Tower campus, near Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Lake Michigan, Millenium Park, the Chicago Art Institute, and Chicago Symphony Center.

Loyola will provide facilities and support.

Immediately following the tenth annual Loyola Constitutional Colloquium, participants are invited to join the Thirteenth Amendment and Racial Justice Conference at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, which will be held on November 9, 2019, through November 10, 2019.

Conference Organizers:
Professor Barry Sullivan, bsullivan7@luc.edu Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy
Professor Alexander Tsesis, atsesis@luc.edu Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law

Program Administrator:
Evelyn Gonzalez, ConstitutionLaw@luc.edu, Senior Program Administrator
Mehgan Keeley, ConstitutionLaw@luc.edu
Christina Perez-Tineo, ConstitutionLaw@luc.edu


Presenters’ Abstracts for the Tenth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium (Access Available to Presenters Only)


Keynote Speaker

Pamela S. Karlan

A productive scholar and an award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is co-director of the school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (where she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the department’s highest award for employee performance – as part of the team responsible for implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor).

Professor Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, she was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute.

Hotels Near Loyola


The Whitehall: The Whitehall: 105 E Delaware Place; 312-573-6277 or 1-866-408-4041.
Mention Constitutional Law Colloquium for Loyola Discount Room Rate $129. Cut-off date for rate: 10/8/19

The Sofitel Chicago: 20 E. Chestnut St; (312) 324-4000

The Tremont Chicago: 100 E Chestnut St; (312) 751-1900

The Allerton: 701 N. Michigan; (312) 440-1500

Hilton Chicago: 198 E. Delaware Place; (312) 644-1100

The Public Hotel Chicago: 1301 N State Pkwy; (312) 787-3700

The InterContinental Chicago: 505 N Michigan Ave; (312) 944-4100

The Holiday Inn Express Chicago: 640 N Wabash Ave; (312) 787-4030

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago: 230 N Michigan Ave; (312) 345-1000

The Chicago Marriott Downtown: 540 N Michigan Ave; (312) 836-0100

Avenue Crowne Plaza Chicago: 160 E Huron St; (312) 787-2900

Cambria Hotel: 166 E Superior; (312) 787-6000