Constitutional law at Akron Law


Congress established the Center for Constitutional Law (CCL) at Akron in 1986 as one of four national resource centers dedicated to legal research on constitutional issues. Akron Law created the John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law to fulfill this mission. The Center has hosted visiting U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice Arthur Goldberg. The Center fosters scholarly research, public education, and student engagement on current topics of constitutional import.


Sept. 18, 2017 - Constitution Day Lecture, Professor Julie Suk, Cardozo University, "The Constitution of Mothers: Gender Equality & Social Reproduction." 12:15-1:15 PM, David and Ann Amer Brennan Courtroom, Room 180.

Sept. 19, 2017 - Supreme Court Preview of the Upcoming Term, Ilya Sharpiro, Senior Fellow, CATO Institute, sponsored by the Federalist Society; 12:15-1:15 pm, Room 140.

Con Law Discussion Forums, 12:15-1:15 pm, last Wednesday of each month, Law Atrium.

October - "Election Law and the Fight to Vote," Ohio Representative Kathleen Clyde, attorney Scott Hubay, and Professor Bill Rich, sponsored by the American Constitution Society.

Nov. 1, 2017 - 12:15 - 1:15, Dean CJ Peters, Faculty Roundtable, "A Matter of Dispute: A Brief History of a Theory."

Nov. 10, 2017 - Virtual Symposium: Constitutional Remedies (Program Schedule here.)

April 4, 2018 - 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Professor Lawrence Solum (Georgetown), "Surprising Originalism" (L-180), with reception to follow. Video available here.

April 20, 2018 - 3:00 pm, First Mondays Podcast with Ian Samuel and Dan Epps. 

August, 2018 - Written Symposium, Lockett v. Ohio at 40. Call for Papers here.

Sept. 13 & 14, 2018 - Conference: Erie at Eighty - Choice of Law Across the Disciplines. Call for Papers here

Oct. 25, 2018 - Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Public Hearings, 9 am to 5 pm, in the David and Ann Amer Brennan Courtroom (Room 180).

Past events


Center for Constitutional Law publications

ConLawNOW Journal

Center for Constitutional Law newsletter

Tracy ThomasLeadership

Tracy Thomas is director of the CCL and the Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law. Her work focuses on questions of gender and civil rights remedies. Professor Thomas is the author of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & the Feminist Foundations of Family LawFeminist Legal History, and Remedies: Public and Private (West 2017).

She is editor of the Gender Law Prof Blog. As a practicing attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., Thomas litigated pro bono cases of constitutional prison conditions, gender equality, and criminal procedure.

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