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.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 15, 2018 - Symposium, The Legacy of Lockett v. Ohio and Sentencing Discretion for the Death Penalty, featuring Sandra Lockett, 12-1:30 p.m. in Room 180, co-sponsored by the Con Law Center and ACS (American Constitution Society).

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

Jan. 25, 2019Understanding the Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Presidential Disability, co-sponsored with The University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute.

March 5, 2019 - Regula Lecture: Judge Jeff Sutton, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Book Talk: 51 Imperfect Solutions.

Fall 2019 - Seventh Con Law Conference, One Hundred Years of the Nineteenth Amendment.

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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