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Painting Constitutional Law – An Author Discussion with the Association of American Law Schools

April 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm





Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Webinar Description:

This panel will discuss the recent book “Painting Constitutional Law”, a collection of ten essays and accompanying paintings illustrating important Supreme Court Constitutional cases that concerned the State of Florida. Artist Xavier Cortada will discuss his motivation and inspiration for each of the paintings illustrating these cases, and leading Constitutional scholars will comment on the cases and their significance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the connection between visual depiction and Constitutional cases
  • Gain insight into several important Constitutional cases
  • Hear from leading Constitutional scholars and the artist regarding the connection between art and the law


Click here to register for the Webinar. *Registration is required

Here’s more about the book “Painting Constitutional Law: Xavier Cortada’s Images of Constitutional Rights.”

Click here to view the event on the Association of American Law Schools webpage.

The event will be moderated by Matthew Mirow, J.D., Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law.

Other speakers include:

  • Howard Wasserman, J.D., Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law

  • Linda McClain, J.D., L.L.M., Robert Kent Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

  • Corinna Barrett Lain, J.D., S.D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law

  • James E. Pfander, J.D., Owen L. Coon Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

  • Laura Underkuffler, J.D., J. DuPratt White Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Click here to learn more.


About the artist

Xavier Cortada, J.D., Artist and Professor of Practice, University of Miami Department of Art and Art History

Xavier Cortada is an artist, Professor of Practice at the University of Miami Department of Art and Art History, and Artist-in-Residence at Pinecrest Gardens, where his studio, gallery, and socially engaged art practice are based. Using art’s elasticity to engage others, Cortada educates and inspires community members to work and learn together to solve our community’s problems.

The crux of Cortada’s work finds itself rooted in a deep conceptual engagement of his participants. Particularly environmentally focused, the work Cortada develops is intended to generate awareness and action towards issues of global climate change and social justice. The artist has created art installations at the North and South Poles to address environmental concerns at every point in between. In 2007, as a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Fellow, Cortada used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch an eco-art reforestation effort.

Cortada has also been commissioned to create art for CERN, the White House, the World BankFlorida Botanical GardensMiami City HallMiami-Dade County Hall, the Florida TurnpikeMiami-Dade Housing Authority, the Frost Science Museum, Museum of Florida History, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum

His work is in the permanent collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the NSU Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, the Whatcom Museum, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum.

Corporations such as General MillsNikeHeineken, and Hershey’s have commissioned his art. Publishers like McDougal and Random House have featured it in school textbooks and publications. His work has also been featured on National Geographic TV and the Discovery Channel.

The artist serves on the boards of various national, regional, and local groups, including the University of Miami Alumni Association and Climigration. He has also been a cultural leader through his participation in the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, where he served for 15 years – his last two as Chairman, the Florida Arts Council, where he served from 2008 to 2012 – his last two years as Vice-Chair, and South Arts, where he served from 2016 to 2019.

Cortada was born in Albany, New York. The son of Cuban exiles, he grew up in Miami from the age of three. The Latino artist holds three degrees from the University of Miami: Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts and Sciences (1986), Master of Public Administration, Miami Herbert Business School (1991), and Juris Doctor, School of Law (1991).


April 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Association of American Law Schools
(202) 296-8851
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