Alumni Provide Accepted Applicants with Insight on the Value of a Legal Education
Web Editor and Harrisburg Web Correspondent - Published: April 22, 2013


On Saturday, April 13th, accepted applicants were invited to visit Widener Law’s Harrisburg and Delaware campuses to hear from faculty, staff, and distinguished alumni about the many benefits of pursuing a legal education at Widener Law.

The day began with a registration period where attendees were afforded the opportunity to visit information tables and learn more about various student services. In Delaware, Assistant Dean for Admissions Barbara Ayars welcomed the applicants in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom before turning the program over to Director of Financial Aid Eleanor Kelly, who spoke to students about the financial aid process. Associate Professor Paul Regan gave the students a glimpse at a first year law school class.

Attendees on the Delaware campus were then treated to an Alumni Panel Discussion over lunch in the Barrister’s Club that featured several distinguished alumni, including Carl Battle, Esq. ’82; John Cirrinicione, Esq. ’07; Donna Harris, Esq. ’98; and Kristin Molavoque, Esq. ’09. The distinguished panel shared their law school memories and experiences, along with details of their varied career pathes. They fielded many questions about Widener Law and the legal profession. Campus Tours followed.

In Harrisburg, Distinguished Professor John C. Dernbach signed copies of his book Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School (Not Just to Survive) that were distributed to the accepted applicants.Harrisburg campus Director of Admissions Eric Kniskern explained upcoming admissions procedures and the financial aid process before the applicants were treated to tours of the campus. They congregated again in the reception room of the Administrative Building where they heard from recent graduates Owen J. Hoover ’12 and Ashley L. Park ’11 about the law school experience. The two alumni also answered questions about internships, networking, and the bar preparation process.

Vice Dean Robyn Meadows spoke to the Harrisburg Applicants over lunch at the Sidebar Café, introducing faculty members who were in attendance to speak to students about the law school experience. 3rd year student Katie Riggleman-Thomas and next year’s Student Bar Association President Jessica Boyles also spoke about some of the wonderful student organizations on campus and the opportunities they offer. Professor Dernbach then closed out the program with a brief talk about writing proper essay exams.