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Mark Kende

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  • Visiting Professor of Law
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  • Visiting & Fellows
  • 312-362-8745
  • ​Le​wis 721

​​Mark Kende is the James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law at Drake University Law School and director of the congressionally endowed Constitutional Law Center at Drake. 

Professor Kende is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a former Fulbright Senior Scholar. He has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools sections on African Law, Comparative Law, and Constitutional Law. His scholarship interests include constitutional law, comparative constitutionalism, civil rights, and cyberlaw. He has published law journal articles in South Africa, China, Spain, Germany, and the United States. Recent articles concerning cyberlaw include “Digital Platforms, the First Amendment, and Democratic Dysfunction," 68 Drake L. Rev. 273 (Symposium, 2020), and articles published in NOMOS and Constitutional Commentary.

His books include Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds, South Africa and the United States (Cambridge University 2009) and Comparative Constitutional Law: South African Cases and Materials in a Global Context (Carolina Academic Press, 2015). 

Professor Kende received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was on the law review, and his B.A. cum laude from Yale University. He served as a clerk for the Honorable Julian Cook Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and practiced as an attorney at Miner, Barnhill & Galland in Chicago before entering the legal academy. He has been a member of the law faculty at the University of Montana, and a visiting professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, University of Paris II, Notre Dame, and Georgetown.