John L. Gedid
Professor Emeritus

B.A., University of Pittsburgh
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
LL.M., Yale Law School

Phone: 717.541.3901

John L. Gedid is an Emeritus Professor of Law, and the Founder and former Director of the Law & Government Institute at Widener University School of Law's Harrisburg Campus. He served as founding vice dean for the Harrisburg Campus from 1989 to 1995, and as vice dean from 2007 to 2009. Professor Gedid received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was also elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year; his J.D. from Duquesne Law School, where he served as associate editor of the Duquesne Law Review; and his LL.M. from Yale Law School. He is an elected life member of the American Law Institute, and serves as a Pennsylvania commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He sat on the drafting committee, and also served as Reporter, for the Uniform Law Commission 2010 revision of the Model State Administrative Procedure Act.

Professor Gedid has served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Procedural Rules Committee, and as co-chair of the ABA Jurisdiction in Cyberspace-Sale of Goods Project. Professor Gedid has also served as Official Reporter of Decisions for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania from 1989 to 2005. Professor Gedid served for many years on the Capitol Preservation Commission.

Professor Gedid is currently the chair of the Statutory Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a position he has held since 2008. He is a Master Emeritus of the Bowman Inn of Court in Harrisburg. He presently serves on the Board of Editors of the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. He is a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Constitutional Convention Review Commission where he chairs the Legislative Reapportionment Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Court Historical Society. He is a frequent lecturer at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute which has published his numerous constitutional and administrative law writings. He is past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Administrative Law Section, and sits on the Council of that section. He serves as a consultant to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judicial Independence Commission. His articles have been cited by the United States Supreme Court, by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. He teaches Administrative Law, Pennsylvania Administrative Law, Contracts, Sales, Conflict of Laws, and State Constitutional Law.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Pennsylvania’s 2008 Right to Know Law: Open Access At Last, 49 Duq. L. Rev. 459 (2011)
  • Introduction to the 2010 Model State Administrative Procedure Act, 20 Widener L.J. 697 (2011)
  • Pennsylvania Constitutional Conventions—Discarding the Myths, 82 Pa. B.A.Q. 151 (2011)
  • Procedural Due Process in Pennsylvania: How the Commonwealth Court Clarified an Ambiguous Concept, 20 Widener L.J. 25 (2010)
  • Introduction: Dred Scott, A Grievous Wound Remembered, 17 Widener L. J. 1 (2007).
  • ALJ Ethics: Conundrums, Dilemmas, and Paradoxes, 11 Widener J. Pub. L. 33 (2002).
  • The Confusing Legislative and Judicial Treatment of Adjudication in Pennsylvania Administrative Law, 8 Widener J. Pub. L. 195 (1999).
  • An Historical Analysis of the Binding Effect of Class Suits (with Geoffrey Hazard and Stephen Sowle), 146 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1849 (1998).
  • UCC Methodology: Taking a Realistic Look at the Code, 29 Wm.& Mary L. Rev. 341 (1988).
  • Chapter Three of The Pennsylvania Constitution - A Treatise, Ken Gormley, Joel Fishman, Jeffrey Bauman, Leslie Kozler, Editors (Bisel, 2004)
  • ed., Pennsylvania Bar Association Administrative Law Journal, Summer 2002.
  • Preface, Widener J. Pub. L. 3 (1992).