Faculty by Expertise
Widener School of Law faculty are experts on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: Business and Labor Issues, Civil Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Health Law, Legal Education/Ethics, Property/Wills and Trusts, and Tax Law. 

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Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law

Business And Labor Issues

Gregory P. Cermignano, J.D., M.B.A., C.M.A.

Associate Professor, Accounting
Campus: Chester
Expertise:

  • financial and managerial accounting
  • business combinations
  • contingencies
  • cost accounting
  • business law
  • sports law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Ann Conaway, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • business law
  • LLC law
  • partnership law
  • corporate law

Admitted to the Delaware Bar. Member of the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Liability Partnership Act.

John L. Gedid, J.D., LL.M.
Emeritus Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • administrative law/regulation
  • contract law
  • commercial law
  • conflict of laws
  • separation of powers
  • state constitutional law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Michael J. Goldberg, J.D., LL.M.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • labor law
  • union democracy

Admitted to the Washington and Pennsylvania bars.

Bruce Grohsgal, J.D. 
Helen S. Balick Visiting Professor in Business Bankruptcy Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • bankruptcy
  • secured financing

Former Chair, Bankruptcy Section – Delaware State Bar Association, Wilmington, DE; Former Senior Fellow, Americans for Financial Reform, Washington, D.C.; Admitted to the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York bars.

Lawrence A. Hamermesh, J.D.
Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • Delaware corporate law
  • securities law
  • business law
  • mergers and acquisitions

Admitted to the Delaware Bar.

Mary Ellen Maatman, J.D.,
Associate Professor, Law; Director, Legal Writing Program
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • federal employment discrimination law
  • torts
  • legal writing

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Robyn L. Meadows, J.D., LL.M.
Vice Dean, Harrisburg Campus; Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • commercial law
  • insurance

Admitted to the Florida Bar.

Juliet M. Moringiello, J.D., LL.M.
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • secured financing
  • payment systems: checks and notes
  • bankruptcy/creditors' rights
  • cyberspace law

Chair, Pennsylvania Bar Association Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Admitted to the Pennsylvania and New York bars.

Paul Regan, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • corporate/business law and litigation
  • contract law and litigation

Admitted to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware bars.

Luke M. Scheuer, J.D., M.A.
Assistant Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:

  • corporate law
  • contracts
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • bankruptcy
  • corporate finance

Admitted to the Massachusetts and New York bars.

Andrew L. Strauss, J.D.
Professor, Law; Dean for Faculty and Strategic Initiatives, Delaware Campus
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • international law
  • American foreign policy
  • United Nations
  • international trade and finance

Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools, International Law section, Admitted to the New York Bar.

John Wladis, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • commercial law: sale of goods, checks, personal property leasing

Admitted to the New York Bar.

Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law

Civil Law


Linda L. Ammons, J.D.
Associate Provost and Law Dean
Campus: Delaware and Harrisburg Campus
Expertise:

  • women and the law
  • domestic violence
  • administrative law

Admitted to the Ohio Bar.

Francis J. Catania, Jr., J.D.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • family law (marriage, divorce, child custody, child support, spousal abuse, adoption, etc.)
  • professional responsibility/legal ethics
  • clinical legal education
  • judicial clerkships

Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

John G. Culhane, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • civil liability
  • torts and tort reform
  • product liability
  • HIV and the law
  • public health issues
  • the law of sexual orientation
  • family law

Admitted to the New York Bar.

Jean Macchiaroli Eggen, J.D.
Distinguished Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • toxic substances litigation
  • asbestos
  • tobacco smoking and secondhand smoke
  • prescription drugs
  • contaminated blood products
  • Agent Orange
  • Gulf War syndrome
  • chemical exposures
  • hazardous waste sites/landfills
  • radiation
  • electromagnetic fields
  • toxic exposures in the workplace
  • reproductive hazards in the workplace
  • medical device litigation

Author, Toxic Torts in a Nutshell. Admitted to the New York Bar.

Amiram Elwork, Ph.D.
Director, Law-Psychology Program; Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Campus: Chester
Expertise:
  • law-psychology: jury instruction, patient confidentiality, mental competency, custody mediation
  • psychological issues for lawyers
  • cognitive psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • ethics

Author, Success Briefs for Lawyers: Inspirational Insights on How to Succeed at Law and Life, Making Jury Instructions Understandable, and Stress Management for Lawyers

Jill Family, J.D., M.S.
Associate Professor, Law; Director, Law & Government Institute
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • immigration

Admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.

Susan L. Goldberg, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor, Law; Associate Dean, Student Affairs,
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • bioethics
  • assisted reproductive technology including in vitro fertilization
  • genetic testing
  • cloning
  • organ transplantation
  • informed consent
  • end-of-life issues including advanced directives, assisted suicide, living wills, substituted decision-making

Author, Medical Choices During Pregnancy: Whose Decision is it Anyway? and Of Gametes and Guardians: The Impropriety of Appointing Guardians Ad Litem for Fetuses and Embryos. Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

Dana Harrington Conner, J.D.
Director, Delaware Civil Clinic; Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • violence against women
  • domestic violence
  • domestic violence homicides
  • family law
  • student practice
  • professional responsibility
  • ethical issues and the representation of battered women
  • access to justice

Admitted to the Delaware Bar.

Patrick J. Johnston, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • professional ethics
  • federal civil procedure

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Mary Kate Kearney, J.D., L.L.M
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • family law
  • children and the law
  • child abuse
  • domestic violence

Author, The ADA, Smokers and Respiratory Ailments. Admitted to the Illinois Bar.

Greg Randall Lee, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • tort or personal injury law
  • lawyer professional responsibility
  • defamation law
  • disability law
  • home schooling law
  • law and religion
  • constitutional law
J. Palmer Lockard II, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law; Director, Widener Civil Law Clinic
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • family law
  • civil practice
  • prisoner litigation

Admitted to the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts bars.

Mary Brigid McManamon, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • federal courts
  • state's rights
  • Federalism
  • separation of powers
  • sanctions in litigation
  • complex litigation
  • civil litigation

Admitted to the Ohio Bar.

Susan M. Raeker-Jordan, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • torts
  • products liability
  • federal civil procedure

Admitted to the Illinois Bar.

Thomas J. Reed, J.D.
Professor Emeritus, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • trial practice
  • evidence
  • criminal law and procedure
  • land use
  • historic preservation
  • Civil War history (military and legal)

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Indiana bars.

Christopher J. Robinette, J.D.
Associate Professor
Campus: Harrisburg
Law Expertise:
  • legal ethics
  • tort reform
  • tort law and theory
  • evidence

Admitted to the Virginia Bar.

Serena M. Williams, J.D., LL.M.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • landlord/tenant law
  • property law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law

Constitutional Law

Erin Daly, J.D.
Vice Dean, Delaware Campus; Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:

  • transitional justice
  • constitutional law
  • comparative constitutional law
  • first amendment

Co-author, Reconciliation: Finding Common Ground in Divided Societies. Admitted to the California Bar.

Michael R. Dimino, Sr. , J.D.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • constitutional law
  • Supreme Court personnel and procedure
  • judicial selection
  • first amendment
  • election law

Admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Alan E. Garfield, J.D.
Distinguished Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • copyright law
  • free speech
  • church and state issues

Author, Promises of Silence: Contract Law and Freedom of Speech. Admitted to the New York and California bars.

John L. Gedid, J.D., LL.M.
Emeritus Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • administrative law/regulation
  • contract law
  • commercial law
  • conflict of laws
  • separation of powers
  • state constitutional law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Greg Randall Lee, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:

  • tort or personal injury law
  • lawyer professional responsibility
  • defamation law
  • disability law
  • home schooling law
  • law and religion
  • constitutional law
Mary Brigid McManamon, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • federal courts
  • states' rights
  • Federalism
  • separation of powers
  • sanctions in litigation
  • complex litigation
  • civil litigation

Admitted to the Ohio Bar.

Robert C. Power, J.D.,
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • American legal history
  • criminal law and procedure
  • federal agencies/regulating policy
  • First Amendment
  • War on Terror

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, New York and Rhode Island bars.

Laura K. Ray, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • U.S. supreme court
  • judicial appointment process

Author, The Road to Bush v. Gore: The History of the Supreme Court's Use of the Per Curiam Opinion, Autobiography and Opinion: The Romantic Jurisprudence of Justice William O. Douglas and Judicial Fictions: Images of Supreme Court Justices in the Novel. Admitted to the Connecticut Bar.

Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law


Criminal Law

James W. Diehm, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:

  • criminal law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and Virgin Island bars

Jules Epstein, J.D.
Professor, Law; Director of the Taishoff Advocacy, Technology and Public Service Institute
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • death penalty/murder
  • sex crimes
  • trials and evidence
  • mistaken identification
  • criminal law and procedure
  • forensic evidence

Admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.

H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., J.D.
Emeritus Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:

  • criminal law and procedure
  • legal ethics
  • defamation and privacy
  • white collar crime
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Robert C. Power, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg Campus
Expertise:
  • criminal law and procedure
  • federal agencies/regulating policy
  • U.S. supreme court
  • federal agencies/regulating policy
  • First Amendment
  • War on Terror
  • American legal history

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, New York and Rhode Island bars.

Thomas J. Reed, J.D.
Professor Emeritus, Law
Campus: Delaware
Law Expertise:
  • trial practice
  • evidence
  • criminal law and procedure
  • land use
  • historic preservation
  • Civil War history (military and legal)

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Indiana bars.

Judith L. Ritter, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • criminal procedure and criminal law
  • death penalty
  • post-conviction
  • clinical legal education

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York bars.

Leonard N. Sosnov, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • criminal procedure
  • criminal law
  • evidence

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law

Environmental Law

Donald A. Brown, J.D., M.A.
Scholar-in-Residence
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:

  • environmental law
  • climate change
  • ethics
  • sustainability

Admitted to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars as well as the bars of the Eastern, Middle, and Western Pennsylvania District Courts of the United States, United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

John C. Dernbach, J.D.
Distinguished Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • environmental law
  • global warming
  • international environmental law
  • sustainable development
  • administrative law
  • property law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

David R. Hodas, J.D., LL.M.
Distinguished Professor, Law; H. Albert Young Professor of Constitutional Law
Campus: Delaware Campus
Expertise:
  • environmental law
  • constitutional law
  • energy and natural resources
  • international environmental law
  • global warming
  • administrative law
  • sustainable development

Vice Chair, ABA Special Committee on Global Climate and Sustainable Development. Board of Editors, Natural Resources and Environment. Member, IUCN-World Conservation Union Environmental Law Commission. Admitted to the Delaware Bar.

Kenneth T. Kristl, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law; Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • environmental law
  • clean water legal issues
  • solid waste legal issues
  • environmental litigation
  • siting of liquefied natural gas terminals
  • federal environmental policies, practices, procedures
  • use of scientific data in the law
  • legal issues of environmental science and data
  • environmental aspects of land use (including zoning and planning)
  • environmental issues of Marcellus Shale development

Admitted to the Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Illinois Bars.

James R. May, J.D., LL.M.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • environmental law
  • international environmental law
  • constitutional law
  • federal courts/judges

Admitted to the Kansas and Pennsylvania bars.

Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law

Health Law

John G. Culhane, J.D.,
Director of the Health Law Institute; Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:

  • civil liability
  • torts and tort reform
  • product liability
  • HIV and the law
  • public health issues
  • the law of sexual orientation
  • family law

Admitted to the New York Bar.

Jean Macchiaroli Eggen, J.D.,
Distinguished Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • toxic substances litigation
  • asbestos
  • tobacco smoking and secondhand smoke
  • prescription drugs
  • contaminated blood products
  • Agent Orange
  • Gulf War syndrome
  • chemical exposures
  • hazardous waste sites/landfills
  • radiation
  • electromagnetic fields
  • toxic exposures in the workplace
  • reproductive hazards in the workplace
  • medical device litigation

Author, Toxic Torts in a Nutshell. Admitted to the New York Bar.

Susan L. Goldberg, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor, Law; Associate Dean, Student Affairs,
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • bioethics
  • assisted reproductive technology including in vitro fertilization
  • genetic testing
  • cloning
  • organ transplantation
  • informed consent
  • end-of-life issues including advanced directives, assisted suicide, living wills, substituted decision-making

Author, Medical Choices During Pregnancy: Whose Decision is it Anyway? and Of Gametes and Guardians: The Impropriety of Appointing Guardians Ad Litem for Fetuses and Embryos. Admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar.

Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law

Legal Education/Ethics

Dana Harrington Conner, J.D.
Director, Delaware Civil Clinic; Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware

Expertise:
  • violence against women
  • domestic violence
  • domestic violence homicides
  • family law
  • student practice
  • professional responsibility
  • ethical issues and the representation of battered women
  • access to justice

Admitted to the Delaware Bar.

John L. Gedid, J.D., LL.M.
Emeritus Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg Campus
Expertise:
  • administrative law/regulation
  • contract law
  • commercial law
  • conflict of laws
  • separation of powers
  • state constitutional law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Louise L. Hill, J.D.
Distinguished Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • legal ethics
  • legal profession
  • marketing of legal services
  • professional responsibility of lawyers
  • Author, Lawyer Advertising.

Admitted to the Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania bars.

Patrick J. Johnston, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware Campus
Expertise:
  • professional ethics
  • federal civil procedure

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Susan A. King, J.D., M.L.S.
Legal Methods Professor
Campus: Delaware Campus
Expertise:

  • legal research
  • legal writing

Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar.

Greg Randall Lee, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:

  • tort or personal injury law
  • lawyer professional responsibility
  • defamation law
  • disability law
  • home schooling law
  • law and religion
  • constitutional law
Thomas J. Reed, J.D.
Emeritus Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • trial practice
  • evidence
  • criminal law and procedure
  • land use
  • historic preservation
  • Civil War history (military and legal)

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Indiana bars.

Judith L. Ritter, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware Campus
Expertise:
  • criminal procedure and criminal law
  • death penalty
  • post-conviction
  • clinical legal education

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York bars.

Christopher J. Robinette, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • legal ethics
  • tort reform
  • tort law and theory
  • evidence

Admitted to the Virginia Bar.

Amanda L. Smith, J.D.
Legal Methods Professor
Campus: Harrisburg
Law Expertise:
  • legal methods

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law

Property/Wills And Trusts

D. Benjamin Barros, J.D.
Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:

  • eminent domain/takings
  • property law
  • constitutional property

Admitted to New York Bar.

Michael J. Hussey, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:
  • federal individual income tax
  • wills and trusts
  • estate and gift tax

Admitted to the Illinois, Missouri, and Pennsylvania bars.

Leslie A. Johnson, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • wills and estates
  • property

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Alicia B. Kelly, J.D., LL.M.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • property law
  • family law: economic rights between spouses, gendered nature of family work, impact of family law on women, tension between work and family law

Admitted to Pennsylvania and Colorado bars.

Thomas J. Reed, J.D.
Emeritus Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • trial practice
  • evidence
  • criminal law and procedure
  • land use
  • historic preservation
  • Civil War history (military and legal)

Admitted to the Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Indiana bars.

Serena M. Williams, J.D., LL.M.
Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:
  • landlord/tenant law
  • property law

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Business and Labor Issues | Civil Law | Constitutional Law
Criminal Law | Environmental Law | Health Law |
Legal Education/Ethics | Property/Wills and Trusts | Tax Law

Tax Law

Christine D. Allie, J.D., LL.M.
Assistant Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:

  • federal taxation
  • comparative international taxation
  • international trade law

Admitted to the Illinois, Missouri, and Pennsylvania bars.

Michael J. Hussey, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Harrisburg
Expertise:

  • federal individual income tax
  • wills and trusts
  • estate and gift tax

Admitted to the Illinois, Missouri, and Pennsylvania bars.

Andre Smith, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor, Law
Campus: Delaware
Expertise:

  • administrative law
  • federal income tax

Admitted to the District of Columbia bar.