Constitutional law at Akron Law

Center for Constitutional Law

Congress established the Center for Constitutional Law (CCL) at The University of 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.

Upcoming events

Jul 2021

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

Aug 2021

Sep 16, 2021 (Room 180)

Oct. 20, 2021

  • A Look at 100 Years of Press Freedom and Litigation. University of Akron School of Law Professor Mike Gentithes will discuss "100 Years of Press Freedom: Where Free Press Litigation Leads, Society Follows" in a virtual Akron Press Club program at noon Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Feb. 4, 2022

  • Call for Papers, Virtual Colloquium, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Constitution: How LGBTQ Rights are Defined, Protected, and Preempted.

April 11, 2022

  • Regula Lecture, Dr. Kate Masur (Northwestern), "Book Talk, Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement."

Feb 5, 2021, Virtual Symposium: Examining Black Citizenship from Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter. Symposium papers published here.

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

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

Sep 14, 2020 (Virtual Lecture), Prof.Mary Anne Franks (Miami Law), Constitution Day Lecture: The Cult of the Constitution.See flyer.

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


Center for Constitutional Law publications

ConLawNOW Journal


Tracy Thomas

Tracy Thomas

Tracy Thomas is director of the CCL and the Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law.

Professor Thomas' work focuses on questions of gender and civil rights remedies. She 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.

For students

Constitutional Law is the study of the U.S. Constitution and its provision of individual civil rights and government powers. Akron Law offers a Certificate of Study in Constitutional Law allowing students to concentrate their elective studies in the field. We also offer fellowships with the Center for Constitutional Law, the Knight Foundation Fellowship in media law, and Social Justice Project with Professor Brant Lee. A joint degree of a JD/Master of Applied Politics is also available. A wide variety of student organizations facilitate discussion and engagement with current issues.

To donate

Make a gift to support the work of the Center for Constitutional Law (indicate "for Con Law Center"), and at the Akron Law donation page.

Contact us

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