Since 1994, James Cawley
has served as a member of Widener Law’s adjunct faculty on the Harrisburg campus, teaching Administrative Law, Public Utility Law, and Appellate Advocacy. On March 31st at the annual Adjunct Dinner, held at the Harrisburg Hilton, Dean Linda L. Ammons
and Vice Dean John Gedid
presented Cawley with the Adjunct Faculty Distinguished Service Award. Cawley currently serves as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, James Cawley earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1970. After serving as one of the seven original law clerks to the judges of newly created Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, he was appointed Majority Counsel to the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Affairs Committee. After serving as Chief Counsel to the Senate Majority Floor Leader, he was twice nominated and confirmed as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, serving from November 1979 until September 1985.
Chairman Cawley returned to the private practice of law concentrating on administrative law and appellate practice, where his client included public utilities and competitive telephone, electric and natural gas providers. On April 25, 2005, Governor Edward G. Rendell nominated him to return to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and the Senate of Pennsylvania confirmed him on June 9, 2005 for a term ending March 31, 2010. Shortly after he took office, his colleagues elected him Vice Chairman, and, on August 19, 2008, Governor Rendell appointed him Chairman.