2022 National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars

The National Conference of Constitutional Law Scholars will took place February 19, 2022, entirely via Zoom.

Hosted by the University of Arizona College of Law’s William H. Rehnquist Center, the conference goal is to create a vibrant and useful forum for constitutional scholars to gather and exchange ideas. 

Lee Epstein, the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, delivered the keynote lecture. 

The conference organizers are Andrew Coan (Arizona), Rebecca Aviel (Denver), Eunice Lee (Arizona), David Schwartz (Wisconsin) and Shalev Roisman (Arizona).

2022 Conference Agenda 

Separation of Powers–Distinguished Commentator Josh Chafetz

  • Payvand Ahdout - Separation of Powers Avoidance
  • Aaron Nielson & Christopher Walker - Congress’s Anti-removal Power
  • Andrea Katz & Noah Rosenblum - The Origins of the Administrator-In-Chief: Myers and the Progressive Presidency

Equality–Distinguished Commentator Cary Franklin

  • W. Kerrel Murray - Discriminatory Taint
  • Yuvraj Joshi - Equality Compromised
  • Travis Crum - The Lawfulness of the Fifteenth Amendment
  • Ilan Wurman - Reconstructing Reconstruction-Era Rights


Administration/Executive Power–Distinguished Commentator Jennifer Nou

  • Christine Chabot - Interring the Unitary Executive
  • Gerard Magliocca - Robert Jackson's Non-Delegation Doctrine
  • Bijal Shah - Beyond Functionalism: A Critical Analysis of the Separation of Powers and the Administrative State

Federalism–Distinguished Commentator Maggie Blackhawk

  • Carolyn ShapiroTaking the Independent State Legislature Doctrine Seriously
  • Craig Green - Beyond Statehood
  • Ryan Scoville - The International Commitments of the Fifty States

Break/Lunch/Informal Conversation

Federal Courts–Distinguished Commentator Fred Smith

  • Rachel Bayefsky -Contrition and Compulsion: Court-Ordered Apologies and the Constitution
  • Nathan Chapman - Qualified Immunity and the Rule of Law
  • Katherine Crocker - Qualified Immunity, Sovereign Immunity and Systemic Reform

Outside the Box–Distinguished Commentator Richard Re

  • Jill Anderson & Kiel Brennan Marquez - Robotic Interpretation
  • Charles Tyler & Heather Gerken - The Myth of the Laboratories of Democracy
  • Jacob Bronsther & Guha Krishnamurthi - Optional Legislation


Keynote Speaker– Lee Epstein

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Draft conference agenda

Contact Information 

Event Logistics: Bernadette Wilkinson, (520) 626-1629, bwilkins@arizona.edu

Conference Content: Andrew Coan, (520) 621-5607, acoan@arizona.edu

Past Conferences

2021 Agenda and speakers

2021 Keynote - Jamal Greene (Columbia)














2019 Agenda and Speakers

2019 Keynote - David Straus (Chicago)


2018 Agenda and Speakers

About the Rehnquist Center

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 government, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and among sovereigns more generally, and judicial independence.