Founders Day Celebration
Published: October 4, 2009


On Monday, October 5th, 2009, Widener Law celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Harrisburg with a commemorative program and celebratory reception to be held on the Harrisburg campus at 5:00 p.m. The event will feature a slide show and speakers who will review the growth and progress of the Harrisburg campus. The reception that follows will allow alumni and friends an opportunity to reminisce over food, drinks, and music. 

[ Download the Founder's Day Program (.pdf) ]

“We’re bringing in a number of people who have been instrumental in the life of the campus,” says Professor John L. Gedid – who himself has played a pivotal role at the School of Law. Gedid, the campus’ founding vice dean has been with the law school since its inception and today directs Harrisburg’s signature Law & Government Institute.

Widener University President James T. Harris III will speak at the event, as will Law Dean Linda L. Ammons. Other speakers will include former Widener University President Robert J. Bruce and former Widener Law Dean Anthony J. Santoro – under whose auspices the law school was expanded to include the Harrisburg campus. James White, who was the American Bar Association’s Consultant for Legal Education when the Harrisburg campus received ABA accreditation, will attend.

Widener Law became the only two-state law school in the nation when the Harrisburg campus opened in 1989, and this special event will mark the historic occasion. Seven full-time faculty and administrators held orientation for 250 law students on the campus in the fall of 1989. Today, the 21-acre campus employs 175 full- and part-time faculty, support staff, and administrators. The law school component of the campus has graduated nearly 2,700 alumni and this fall, it is the school of choice for roughly 475 full- and part-time students.

“The Harrisburg campus has flourished,” Gedid says. “It has truly grown into its mission.”

Among the campus’ biggest accomplishments, he said, are the founding of the Law & Government Institute, the Veterans Law Clinic, the
Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic,and more recently the Environmental Law Center.

The class schedule for the day has been adjusted so that all Harrisburg campus students may attend.
In addition, a motorcoach from the Delaware campus will depart the Concord Lot at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, October 5th to bring Delaware faculty and staff to the Founders' Day celebration. The bus will likely depart the Harrisburg campus to return to Delaware between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. Delaware campus faculty and staff members looking to reserve a seat on the bus should contact Linda Triolo at