James R. Knepp to Speak on Constitution Day

September 04, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — James R. Knepp II ’86, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio in Toledo, will be the featured speaker at the University of Mount Union to celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, September 17.

The event, planned by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, will be held in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. A discussion will take place from 6 to 7 p.m.

Knepp was appointed to the position of Magistrate Judge by the Judges of the Northern District of Ohio effective July 30, 2010. Previously, he worked as an associate and member at Robison, Curphy and O’Connell in Toledo, Ohio. Knepp is a 1986 Mount Union graduate. He has a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Juris Doctor from University of Toledo College of Law.

Knepp has been active in the Toledo community, serving on the boards of the Franciscan Academy at Lourdes University, Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, and previously Legal Aid of Western Ohio/ABLE and the Toledo Legal Aid Society.  He is a past President of the Toledo Junior Bar Association and former member of the board of directors of the Toledo Bar Association.  He is a member of the Morrison R. Waite Inn of Court and a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.

He and his wife, Linda, whom he met during law school, have two children, Sarah, 17 and Joshua, 12.

The U.S. typically celebrates Constitution Day on September 17 to commemorate the day in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met to sign the document they created. The delegates had begun meeting to revise the Articles of Confederation but decided that would not be sufficient. Instead, they would write an entirely new document designed to clearly define and separate the powers of the central government, the powers of the states, the rights of the people and how the representatives should be elected.

The Constitution represents the expression of statesmanship and compromise and it is now the second oldest constitution still in use today by any nation. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution, recognizing all who are citizens of the United States.



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