Constitution Day 2021: The Presidential Lawyer and the Judge - A Conversation with Judge David Barron

Sept. 15, 2021

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s annual Constitution Day event this year is a conversation with the Honorable David Barron, U.S. Circuit Judge and former acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. 

The event is hosted by the William H. Rehnquist Center at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. 

When: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, 5:30 PM to 6:45 p.m. (MST) 

Where: This is an online event. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event. 

Who may attend: The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  

About the Honorable David Barron 

Judge Barron was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in May 2014. He graduated from Harvard College in 1989 and Harvard Law School in 1994. From 1989 to 1991, he worked as a newspaper reporter.  

After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from 1994 to 1995, and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court, from 1995 to 1996. He then worked as an attorney advisor for the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice, from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, Judge Barron became an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School. He became a full Professor at Harvard Law School in 2004, where he worked until he rejoined the Justice Department as Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, from 2009 to 2010. He then returned to the Harvard Law School faculty in 2010, where he was named the S. William Green Professor of Public Law in 2011, and where he worked until he was appointed to the federal bench in 2014.  

Judge Barron continues to teach at Harvard Law School as the Louis D. Brandeis Visiting Professor of Law. Among his publications are City Bound, with Jerry Frug, and Waging War, which won the 2017 Colby Award. He became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020. 

About the Rehnquist Center 

The Rehnquist Center is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence. 

Media Contact: Ali Bridges, director of communications, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law,, 520.621.3956 

Event Contact: Bernadette Wilkinson, senior program coordinator, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law,