Introducing Rick Tepker

MONDAY MORNING KEYNOTE 8:30-9:30 A.M.

Expressive Liberty on Campus: Principles and Recommendations

Our nation’s first principles of free expression govern public debate at public colleges and universities.  The law recognizes that both freedom and academic authority are essential to civic discourse in America.  Academic communities are divided into the factions and special interest groups that also reside in our state and nation.  In a time of ideological polarization, public higher education must nurture a binding mutual covenant of tolerance, respect, civility, and patience, if it is to serve its role as a moderator and sponsor of civic discourse.

MONDAY MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION 10:45-11:30 A.M.

Equal Educational Opportunity and Expressive Liberty: Dilemmas, Challenges and Remedies

Federal law, including the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Right Act of 1964, recognize a duty to guarantee to every member of a college or university community equal educational opportunity.  But legal texts are not helpful in detailing the specifics of such a duty, which can be inconsistent with duties imposed by the First Amendment.  A recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, illustrates the problems, the confusion and sensible remedies for reconciling the competing duties.

Rick Tepker
Floyd and Irma Calvert Chair in Law
and Liberty Professor of Law
University of Oklahoma