Widener University School of Law Earns Diversity Award
Published: September 14, 2007
ramsey1Wilmington, Del. - The American Bar Association Law Student Division honored the Widener University School of Law recently with the 2007 Henry Ramsey Jr. Diversity Award for the school's Diversity Pipeline Program.

The award is presented annually in recognition of excellence and activities which have contributed toward the advancement of women, minorities and persons with disabilities in the profession. The Widener chapter of the ABA Law Student Division accepted the award at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Calif., held Aug. 9-14.

According to Joseph McNamara, Widener's ABA Law Student Division representative, the Diversity Pipeline Program is an effort by the chapter to increase diversity in the legal profession by creating interest among college students of diverse backgrounds in careers in law.

The chapter developed the Diversity Pipeline Mock Trial Competition, open to minority undergraduate college students. The top three competitors in the competition received $1,300 scholarships for LSAT preparation courses offered by Kaplan. The Mock Trial Competition was co-sponsored by the Multicultural Judges & Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association.

"We worked very hard on the Diversity Pipeline Program, and we are happy to see our efforts recognized by the American Bar Association," McNamara said.

Henry Ramsey Jr., for whom the award is named, is a former judge on the Superior Court of California and former dean of Howard University School of Law.

The Widener University School of Law offers an academically rich legal education experience through campuses in Harrisburg, Pa. and Wilmington, Del. The school's prime location, diverse clinics and institutes, and unique study abroad programs offer students unparalleled opportunities as they prepare for careers in the legal profession. Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement.

Photo: from left to right: Joseph McNamara, Sean McCray, Joel Coreirro (Widener Law's ABA Rep), ABA/Law Student Division chair Mike DePetrillo.