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AI’s Constitutional Moment: Rights, Federalism and Separation of Powers

Washburn Law's Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government in partnership with the Washburn Law Journal is pleased to host "AI’s Constitutional Moment: Rights, Federalism and Separation of Powers" Symposium.

The Symposium will be held Thursday, November 2, 2023 in person and will be broadcast live via Zoom. It will explore the intersections of artificial intelligence (AI), constitutional rights, and government power. The Symposium will consist of a keynote speaker and two panels:

  • Individual Constitutional Rights
  • Keynote by Michele E. Gilman, who specializes in the intersection of economic inequality, law, and technology
  • National and State Power

Symposium Schedule

NOTE: All times shown below are Central Time (CT); e.g., 9:50 a.m. CT = 10:50 a.m. Eastern Time = 8:50 a.m. Mountain Time = 7:50 a.m. Pacific Time.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

9:50 a.m. – Welcome

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  • Jeffrey D. Jackson, Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law [ Bio ]
  • Joseph Mastrosimone, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law [ Bio ]
  • Sarah Lynch-Chaput, Editor-in-Chief, Washburn Law Journal

10:00 a.m. – Panel 1: Individual Constitutional Rights

The panel will focus on the intersection of AI and constitutional rights to due process, privacy, and free speech.

Photograph: Jeffery Atik.Photograph: Mark KendePhotograph: Karl Manheim.

Photograph: Prianka Nair.Photograph: Michelle Ewert

  • Jeffery Atik, Professor of Law, Jacob Becker Fellow, Loyola Marymount University Law School [ Bio ]
  • Mark Kende, Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center, James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law, Professor of Law, Drake University Law School [ Bio ]
  • Karl Manheim, Professor in Residence, emeritus, Loyola Marymount University Law School [ Bio ]
  • Prianka Nair, Assistant Professor of Law & Director of the Disability and Civil Rights Clinic, Brooklyn Law School [ Bio ]
  • Moderator: Michelle Ewert, Director of the Law Clinic, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law [ Bio ]

12:00 p.m. – Lunch (boxed lunches for those that reserved them)

12:30 p.m. – Keynote Address: Professor Gilman – Due Process and the New Digital Dystopia


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  • Introduction: Caitlin C. Riffer, Senior Articles Editor, Washburn Law Journal

Photograph: Michele Gilman

  • Michele E. Gilman, Venable Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development
    Director, Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism, University of Baltimore School of Law [ Bio ]

1:15 p.m. – Panel 2: National and State Power

The panel will focus on federal and state regulation of AI and its interaction with the administrative state.

Photograph: Kevin FrazierPhotograph: Aram GavoorPhotograph: W. Keith Robinson

Photograph: David RubensteinPhotograph: Patricia Judd

  • Kevin Frazier, Assistant Professor of Law, St. Thomas University College of Law [ Bio ]
  • Aram Gavoor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School [ Bio ]
  • W. Keith Robinson, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law [ Bio ]
  • David Rubenstein, James R. Ahrens Chair in Constitutional Law, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law [ Bio ]
  • Moderator: Patricia Judd, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law [ Bio ]

3:00 p.m. – Closing Comments and Adjourn

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Date / Location

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Robert J. Dole Hall / Washburn University School of Law
Heath Family Appellate Courtroom
2073 SW Washburn Ter.
Topeka, KS 66621


So that we may accommodate as many attendees as possible, if you register and are unable to attend please contact, as soon as possible, Donna Vilander at or (785) 670-1105.

Assistance for Special Needs

If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.

Washburn Law Journal Special Issue

Washburn Law Journal, volume 63, issue 3 (spring/summer 2023), will be dedicated to the topic of this symposium, and will feature articles written by the participants. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to take advantage of this opportunity for publication by submitting an article or essay. Authors who cannot attend the symposium, but would like to submit, will also be considered for publication in the Journal.

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Inquiries about publication opportunities in the Washburn Law Journal should be directed to Sarah Lynch-Chaput, Editor-in-Chief, at

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General Inquiries

Shawn Leisinger
Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs
(785) 670-2464

Professor David Rubenstein
Director, Center for Law and Government
(785) 670-1682

Sarah Lynch-Chaput
Editor-in-Chief, Washburn Law Journal

Caitlin C. Riffer
Senior Articles Editor, Washburn Law Journal

Media Contact

Karli Davis
Director of Marketing Communications
(785) 670-2013