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.


Constitution Day Lecture, Professor Katie Eyer, Rutgers Law, Discrimination and the Constitution, Sept. 2021.

Virtual Symposium: Examining Black Citizenship from Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter, February 5, 2021. Call for papers here.

Tracy Thomas, Discerning Remedial Principles in the Supreme Court's Shadow Docket, AALS Annual Meeting, Jan. 2021

Tracy Thomas, The Nineteenth Amendment: Examining the "Irrelevant Amendment" on its 100th Anniversary, American Bar Association Judicial Conference, Oct. 2020.

Let Ohio Woman Vote, documentary, Ohio Humanities Council, Fall 2020.

Brant Lee, Racial Equality & the Law, Community Course, Sept. - Dec. 2020.

Tracy ThomasThe Nineteenth Amendment: The Conventional Story . . . Sort of, Ohio Judicial Conference Annual Meeting, Sept. 2020

Written Symposium, Pandemics and the Constitution. Papers available here in ConLawNOW.

September 14, 2020 - 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Virtual Lecture), Prof.Mary Anne Franks (Miami Law), Constitution Day Lecture: The Cult of the Constitution. Flyer and registration here.

Past events


Center for Constitutional Law publications

ConLawNOW Journal

Center for Constitutional Law newsletter

Tracy Thomas, the Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law at The University of AkronLeadership

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 Law, Feminist 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.

Listen: The 19th Amendment: From the Vote to the ERA

Professor Tracy A. Thomas, director of the CCL and the Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law, speaks to the Summit County Historical Society in March 2019.

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