Law began a new tradition this fall when it instituted Professionalism Day. Held Wednesday, Nov. 14, on both campuses, the event was designed to give Widener students an edge on presenting themselves to the business world as polished professionals.
In Delaware, students across all levels in both divisions attended programs on topics ranging from “Success in finding and keeping legal employment” to “Success on the bar exam.” In Harrisburg, first-year law students
in both divisions attended a three-hour evening program broken up into a number of discussion topics that ranged from “Reality check: Law school debt” to “What not to wear.”
Both campuses drew on the strengths of Widener Law alumni as presenters, along
with important figures in the legal community unique to each campus region and
members of the Widener faculty and staff. Discussions covered everything from the professional way to write an email, to the dangers of posting personal information on social networking internet sites like facebook, to treating legal office support staff with courtesy.
“What makes a good attorney,” said Delaware-campus speaker Krista Reale Samis, “is knowing you have a lot more to learn.”
A panel that discussed success in finding and keeping legal employment included, from left, David Breen of the IRS chief counsel's office in Philadelphia; Jennifer Noel of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor ,LLP in Wilmington; Vicki Goodman of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Wilmington and Stacy Xarhoulakos of the Delaware Attorney General's Office.
Panelists, seated from left, Kevin Carroll of the Delaware Attorney General's Office; Christopher Cabbott of Zane Management, Inc. in Philadelphia; Megan Harper of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in Philadelphia and Allyson Britton James of Morris James LLP in Wilmington. Standing at the left is Widener Legal Writing Professor Jean K. Sbarge.
Panelists, seated from left, Krista Reale Samis of Elzufon Austin Reardon Tarlov & Mondell, P.A. in Wilmington; Michael Migliore of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP ; and solo practitioner Jay Ginsburg.