Professor Harper graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 and a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1971. He served as an officer in the United States Army and an Algebra teacher prior to going to law school.
At the University of Pittsburgh Professor Harper taught Criminal Law, Evidence, Scientific Evidence, and Law and Education. He has written two books, The Arrest Search and Seizure Law of Pennsylvania and Handbook of Pennsylvania Law of Evidence (with a 2006 Supplement). He has written law review articles in the areas of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Law and Education.
Professor Harper taught six summers in the CLEO Summer Institute, served as faculty advisor for BLSA, served twenty-years as a Board Member of Neighborhood Legal Services, as well as being the former Police Legal Advisor for the City of Pittsburgh. He writes articles for local newspapers, bar examination questions and conducts seminars in law for judges, educators and lawyers. As a Professor of Law and Education, Harper is very proud of being part of the two-day Annual Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh each year.
Professor Harper retired from the University of Pittsburgh in June 2004 and sailed into retirement by teaching at Semester at Sea on the Pacific Rim.