School of Law Announces Plans for Debate between Coons and O'Donnell
Public Relations - Published: October 11, 2010
Debate in the race between Chris Coons and Christine O’Donnell for U.S. Senate.

Presented by 1150 AM WDEL, hosted by Widener Law.

Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom, Widener Law, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington. The courtroom is just inside the main law building front entrance.

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8 to 9:30 a.m. and will be broadcast live on 1150AM WDEL and at There will be no debate breaks for traffic, weather or commercials.

Coons and O’Donnell will answer questions from a panel of area journalists. WDEL morning news anchor Peter MacArthur will moderate.

Doors open at 7 a.m. with first-come, first-served public seating. The Ruby R. Vale Moot courtroom is a combination lecture hall and courtroom. Candidates will be seated on the judge’s bench. The debate will be broadcast live to two nearby classrooms, plus a student lounge, for overflow seating.

All cell phones must be silenced in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom and spoken phone use is not permitted. Onlookers are asked to remain seated for the entire event, to minimize disturbances.

Media who wish to attend the debate live in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom must contact Widener Law Public Relations Officer Mary Allen by noon Monday, Oct. 18 to request access to the courtroom. Reach her at 302-477-2175 or The law school will do its best to accommodate all requests.

Cameras/audio: Media may choose from two options:

  • Widener Law together with 1150 AM WDEL will provide a limited number of pool audio and video feeds. The video feed will be shot from five camera angles and will carry the WDEL logo.
  • Those requiring a clean feed may bring their own video camera and their own wireless audio. Cameras must be stationary and set up in the designated area in back of the courtroom. Cameras must be in place by 7:30 a.m. and credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the room for setup beginning at 6:30 a.m. Be prepared to show credentials.
  • Still photography will be pooled through The News Journal, based in New Castle, Del., which will submit to the Associated Press. All non-member AP media may obtain photos through The News Journal.
Members of the media who require free movement and the ability to speak on their cell phones must watch from the student lounge.

Wireless internet service is available in all the rooms and laptops are welcome. Seats in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom and the two overflow classrooms are equipped with individual power outlets. The Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom will remain available to the media until noon for those who need work space.

Widener will have members of the faculty available for commentary after the debate. They include a professor from the main university campus who specializes in government and politics, and law professors from the Delaware campus with specialties in constitutional law, environmental law and business.