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Dr. Wilkie is a personal friend of Attorney General Wilson. Photo: Esther John

Dr. Michael Wilkie and Mrs. Linda Abrams of the social studies faculty will host S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson on March 19 at 10 a.m. in Levinson Hall.

Wilkie invited Wilson to speak for a combined meeting of his Constitutional Law and Abrams’  State and Local Government classes, but all students are welcome to attend.

Wilkie said Wilson will not speak on any predetermined topic but will likely spend some lecture time on the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and the office of attorney general.

“We will spend the rest of our class time [after spring break] on the Fourth Amendment which is primarily the area where law enforcement operates,” Wilkie said.

“I am sure he will say some things on those lines but also some other general comments on the office of attorney general and how it functions in state government.”

Wilkie developed a relationship with Wilson and his father Congressman Joe Wilson during his tenure as police chief in Springdale.

Wilkie said he has known the Wison family since the attorney general was student attending high school.

In 2011, Wilson followed  current Gov. Henry McMaster as attorney general after the latter stepped down to make his first run for governor. During his tenure in office, Wilson has been an outspoken opponent to same-sex marriage and President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Francis Marion University and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Tyler Knutson, president of the Criminal Justice Association, said criminal justice students will benefit from Wilson’s background.

“It will be a great experience for our criminal justice students to hear from Attorney General Wilson,” Knutson said.

“Although most of our criminal justice students are preparing for careers in local law enforcement, part of our rounded education at BJU involves learning about all aspects of the American criminal justice system, including the prosecutorial function.”

Wilson will seek re-election on Nov. 6 of this year.