Robert Justin Lipkin
Distinguished Professor of Law

B.A., Brooklyn College
M.A., Princeton University
Ph.D., Princeton University
J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

Phone: 302.477.2193

Robert 'Bobby’ J. Lipkin, a Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law on Widener Law’s Delaware Campus, passed away on Thursday, February 18th. The Widener Law community’s thoughts and prayers are with Professor Lipkin’s loved ones. We are shocked and saddened by his passing and share their grief. Bobby Lipkin was an exceptional individual, a good friend, and a respected professor. His passing is a substantial loss for the entire law school community. He will be missed by all of us privileged to have known and worked with him.

Robert Justin Lipkin was Professor of Law at Widener's Delaware Campus. From July 1999 to June 2001, Professor Lipkin served as the first H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law at Widener University School of Law. In 2005, he was awarded one of the Law School's first faculty awards for distinguished scholarship.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Lipkin clerked for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit. He then joined the faculty at Delaware Law School (now Widener University School of Law), where he teaches Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. In 1985, Professor Lipkin was admitted to practice in California. He has been a consultant for the American Civil Liberties Foundation and for Planned Parenthood of Lincoln, Nebraska. Currently, he is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Political Science Association, and the Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

Professor Lipkin was the Editor-In-Chief of the web log Essentially Contested America and a contributor to Ratio Juris.

Selected Recent Publications

  • We Are All the Judicial Activists Now? 77 University of Cincinnati Law Review 182 (2008)
  • What's Wrong with Judicial Supremacy? What's Right About Judicial Review? 14 Widener Law Review 2 (2008).
  • Which Constitution? Who Decides? 28 Cardozo L. Rev.1055 (2006).
  • Going Courting: How same-sex marriage opponents came to love the courts,, Friday, September 9, 2005,
  • The Harm of Same-Sex Marriage: Real or Imagined? 11 Widener L. Rev. 277 (2005)
  • Federalism as Balance, 79 Tulane L. Rev. 93 (2004).
  • Reconstructing the Public Square, 24 Cardozo L. Rev. 2025 (2003).
  • Constitutional Revolutions: A New Look at Lower Appellate Review in American Constitutionalism, 3 J. App. Prac. & Process 1 (2001).
  • Constitutional Revolutions: Pragmatism and the Role of Judicial Review in American Constitutionalism (Duke University Press 2000).
  • Haunted by Brown in Choosing Equality (Robert L. Hayman & Leland Ware, eds. Foreword by Joe Biden 2009)
  • Pragmatism, Cultural Criticism and the Idea of the Postmodern University, in An Ethical Education: Community and Morality in the Multicultural University at 49 (M. N. S. Sellers ed., State, Law and Society Series, Berg Publishers 1994).

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