Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons recently mixed with business leaders in northern Delaware when she was invited to be the guest speaker at two Rotary functions.
Ammons spoke to more than 200 people in the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington on Feb. 1 about Widener Law and the state of legal education in America. She talked about diversity in enrollment and the profession nationwide, Widener's clinics, institutes and the school's opportunities for hands-on legal experience before graduation.
"Through our programs, we not only want to train our students to take advantage of our location and the rich talent and opportunities here, we at Widener want to help promote the state of Delaware through our programs and connections around the world," Ammons said. "Under my leadership, Widener will become even more of a beacon on a hill for excellent legal training in all our programs, beginning with the post-high school programs to the Doctor of Law degree."
The Rotary group serenaded her at the luncheon with a rousing version of "Hello, Linda!" Rotary members had changed the words of the famous "Hello, Dolly!" song to welcome her to their event - and to Delaware.
In thanks for her attendance and participation at the luncheon, the Rotary organization dedicated a collection of books in Ammons' name to the Delaware Coalition for Literacy.
Ammons spoke to the Middletown Odessa Rotary Club on Jan. 17 at the Middletown Boys and Girls Club. The group of about 40 Rotarians gave her a standing ovation after a presentation about diversity within the law profession. Caption: Photo: Cam Yorkston, past Wilmington Rotary president, presented Dean Ammons with a Rotary flag.