Wednesday, September 30, 2020

National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars 2021: Call for Papers

Andrew Coan

The Rehnquist Center is pleased to announce the third annual National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars. This year’s event will be held entirely via Zoom due to the pandemic but will otherwise follow a similar format to previous years, with a series of panels organized by subject matter moderated by Distinguished Commentators. To avoid Zoom fatigue, the program will be limited to a single, short day on Saturday, March 6. The goal of the conference is to create a vibrant and useful forum for constitutional scholars to gather and exchange ideas each year. To that end, the program will include opportunities for informal, small-group discussion between panels.

Jamal Greene will give a keynote lecture. Distinguished Commentators for 2021 include:

Guy Uriel Charles

Maggie Lemos 

Melissa Murray

Caleb Nelson

Jane Schacter

Lawrence Solum

Registration is free and all constitutional law scholars are invited to attend. Those wishing to present a paper for discussion should submit a 1- to 2-page abstract by November 1, 2020. All constitutional law topics are welcome, and both emerging and established scholars are strongly encouraged to submit. Selected authors will be notified by December 1, 2020. Selected papers will be presented in small panel sessions, organized by subject, with commentary by a distinguished senior scholar. 

Please send all submissions or related questions to Andrew Coan:

For logistical or registration questions please contact Bernadette Wilkinson:  


Andrew Coan, Arizona 

David Schwartz, Wisconsin 

Shalev Roisman, Arizona 




The William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government was established in 2006 at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. The non-partisan center honors the legacy of Chief Justice Rehnquist by encouraging public understanding of the structural constitutional themes that were integral to his jurisprudence: the separation of powers among the three branches of the federal government, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and among sovereigns more generally, and judicial independence.

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