On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, Widener University Law Center and the Legal Education Institute
played host to the Delaware Justice of the Peace Court’s annual Judicial Education Seminar.
The Judicial Education Seminar took place in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom with lunch and an evening reception in the Barrister’s Club. 5 Russian Justices visiting Delaware as part of the Open World Project of USAID joined the 65-70 Delaware Justices of the Peace in attendance. Delaware was selected by the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium to receive the Russian delegation, and because of the similarity in jurisdiction, the Delaware Justice of the Peace Court earned the honor of hosting the delegation for a 10-day visit.
Chief Magistrate Alan G. Davis ’99, said “The Delaware Justice of the Peace Court is honored to have been selected to host this delegation,” adding, “We look forward to not only sharing a view of our case management and judicial processes, but also learning how our Russian counterparts perform the essential function of an initial jurisdiction court.”
The daylong program at Widener Law opened with remarks from Myron T. Steele, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Justice Steele spoke on judicial budgeting issues in the First State as well as initiatives that may have an impact on the state’s judicial system, including efforts to federalize corporate law. “The House has already passed two bills that move substantially towards federalizing corporate law,” said the Chief Justice, noting that such measures will have a “direct impact on Delaware.”
After Chief Justice Steele’s remarks, Nicole Ballenger ‘01, Assistant Director of the Legal Education Center, introduced a previously recorded welcome from Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons
, who was in China with members of the Health Law Institute faculty. “I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Widener University Law Center,” remarked Dean Ammons, adding, “Today, Widener University Law Center is one of the largest law schools in the world.”
Chief Magistrate Alan Davis ‘99 spoke next, thanking his “Alma Mater for it’s efforts,” to host the program. The program included remarks from Taishoff Professor of Law Tom Reed
, who spoke on the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, as well as presentations from Legal Writing Professor Alison Kehner
and Professor of Law Louise Hill
The visiting Russian delegates included Nikolay Ivanovich Antonov, a Justice of the Peace in the Muyezerskiy Judicial District in the region of Karelia; Oksana Aleksandrovna Chernomordova, a Justice of the Peace in the 13th Judicial District in the Leningrad region; Svetlana Aleksandrovna Mikheyeva, a Justice of the Peace in the 10th Judicial District in the region of Karelia; Valentina Anatolyevna Smirnova, a Justice of the Peace in the 71st Judicial District in the Leningrad region, and Sergey Leonidovich Vinogradov, a Justice of the Peace in the 56th Judicial District of the Leningrad region.