Constitution Day brings John DiPippa to speak on constitutional issues

Ouachita Baptist University will host John DiPippa, dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, in a Constitution Day lecture Sept. 15. The lecture, “First Amendment Issues as Related to Social Media,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall on Ouachita’s campus and is free of charge and open to the public.

DiPippa joined the UALR faculty in 1983 and has written extensively on the topics of legal ethics and constitutional law. He currently teaches Constitutional Law and Public Service Law and also teaches The Legal and Ethical Dimension of Public Service at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from West Chester University and his juris doctorate degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

“Dr. Rex Horne often speaks of people who are ‘difference makers’ and he encourages our students to aspire to become difference makers,” said Bryan McKinney, dean of OBU’s Hickingbotham School of Business. McKinney, who earned his law degree at UALR, also serves as university counsel. “As part of this 125th anniversary celebration, the university is seeking to invite 125 difference makers to campus throughout the course of the academic year. As a leading voice in legal education and a leading constitutional law scholar, Dean DiPippa is one of those difference makers.”

The lecture serves as Ouachita’s 2011 observance of Constitution Day, which is mandated annually for all colleges and universities by Congress. For more information, contact Bryan McKinney at mckinneyb@obu.edu or Phil Hardin, assistant to the president for administration, at hardinp@obu.edu.

By Breanne Goodrum

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