College of Law to Host Constitution Day Conversation With a U.S. Circuit Judge

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For its annual Constitution Day event, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host a conversation with Judge David Barron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit.

Constitution Day, observed each year on Sept. 17, commemorates the signing of the U.S Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Federal legislation mandates that all educational institutions receiving federal funding hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on or near Sept. 17.

David Barron

David Barron

The virtual event will take place on Zoom from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Sept. 22. Registration is required, and a Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event.

The event is hosted by the college's William H. Rehnquist Center, which is dedicated to encouraging scholarship about, and public understanding of, the separation of powers, the balance of powers between federal and state governments, and judicial independence.

Barron was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st 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, Barron clerked for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th 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 adviser for the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice from 1996 to 1999.

In 1999, Barron became an assistant professor at Harvard Law School. In 2004, he became a full professor at Harvard Law School, where he worked until he rejoined the U.S. Department of Justice as acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, a position he held from 2009 to 2010. He returned to the Harvard Law School faculty in 2010 and was named the S. William Green Professor of Public Law in 2011. He worked there until he was appointed to the federal bench in 2014.  

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. 


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