David Pryor to Deliver the Third Annual Jeff Rupe Lecture

David Pryor, former dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas and former Governor and United States Senator from Arkansas, will be giving the third annual Rupe Lecture at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 1.  The lecture will take place in the Law School’s Courtroom, Room 1312.  The lecture is open to the public

Pryor is the founding dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, which is in its inaugural year. His own record of public service is remarkable and includes three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives, three terms in the US House of Representatives, Governor of Arkansas from 1975-1979 and election to the US Senate where he served from 1979-1997. Pryor received both his BA and JD degrees from the University of Arkansas.

Jeff Rupe was a member of the Wake Forest Law School class of 1984.  He was deeply respected by his professors and peers for his intellectual gifts and his distinctive world view.  After graduating from the Law School, Jeff worked as a solo practitioner in Charlotte, NC.  He loved to help people and persevered to maintain an active practice despite being diagnosed with an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis.  Ultimately, his medical condition forced him to close his practice, and he died in his sleep of a stroke in June 2001.

The Jeff Rupe Memorial Lecture was spearheaded by David Logan, formerly a professor at Wake Forest Law School and now dean at the Roger Williams University School of Law.  Dean Logan was one of Jeff’s professors and a devoted friend.  With support from other friends and the Rupe family, the Jeff Rupe Memorial Lecture was developed to honor the special contributions that Jeff made to Wake Forest Law School and to the legal profession.