Widener Law dean congratulates the school’s 2010-11 Wolcott Fellows
Public Relations - Published: December 6, 2010
Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons today congratulated the law students who are serving as Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellows for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Wolcott Fellows serve as law clerks in the Delaware Supreme Court. These prestigious positions are unique opportunities for Widener Law students, who are chosen through a competitive interview process. Only five students are selected to participate each year. They must present strong academic credentials, demonstrate outstanding research and writing skills, and have completed at least their second year of law school.

The fellows work about 20 hours per week during the school year and receive academic credit and either a cash grant or a tuition-remission scholarship grant, funded by the law school. They began their positions after Labor Day and work through April 2011.

The program is named for Josiah Oliver Wolcott, the Dover, Del.-born lawyer, politician and judge who died in 1938. He was elected Delaware attorney general in 1912, and then to the U.S. Senate four years later. He resigned from the Senate in 1921 to become Chancellor of Delaware’s renowned Delaware Court of Chancery. He served until his death at age 61.

“These students represent some of Widener’s best and I congratulate them on their acceptance into this prestigious fellowship program. They will certainly learn invaluable lessons about the rule of law, the role of judges and the lives of attorneys through this unique experience,” Ammons said. “I am also continually grateful to the Delaware Supreme Court for working with Widener Law to make this program – now in its 22nd year – possible.”

Widener’s 2010-2011 Wolcott fellows include:

Alyssa S. Rothman of Holland, Pa. She is working for Justice Randy J. Holland. Rothman is the daughter of Keith and Theresa Rothman of Holland.

Yuanyou “Sunny” Yang, an international student who lives in Wilmington. She is working for Justice Jack B. Jacobs. Yang is the daughter of Hongjiong Yang and Ying Li of China.

David P. Hiester of Sicklerville, N.J. He is working for Justice Henry duPont Ridgely. Hiester is married to Doreen Hiester and is the son of Kim and Michelle Hiester of Sicklerville.

Feliks Finkel of Wilmington, Del. He is working for Justice Henry duPont Ridgely. Finkel is the son of Alex and Larisa Finkel of Ardsley, N.Y.

David B. DiDonato of Douglassville, Pa. He is working for Chief Justice Myron T. Steele. DiDonato is the son of Benjamin DiDonato of Douglassville and Kathleen DiDonato of Denver, Pa.