Dean Ammons Welcomes First-Year Students to the Legal Profession
Web Editor - Published: August 18, 2010


As part of new student orientation, Widener Law welcomed the new class of first-year law students with Welcome to the Profession ceremonies in Harrisburg on Sunday, August 15th and Delaware on Monday, August 16th.

The annual program kicked off the university’s orientation week and introduced students to the concept of professionalism, including everything from conduct in class to proper business attire. In Harrisburg, the event kicked off at 4:00 p.m. in room A180 of the Administration Building following registration. The Delaware event took place in the evening at the Doubletree Hotel near the campus on the Concord Pike.

“This is an exciting time to enter the legal profession. The world is flattening, and now we as lawyers handle issues that not only affect just our clients in the state which we are practicing, but, what we do often has global implications,” said Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons in her opening remarks.

In Harrisburg Sean Welby ’92 gave an alumni welcome following the introductory remarks by Dean Ammons. Student Bar Association President Devyn Zachary spoke after Welby, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and Widener Law jurist in residence Thomas G. Saylor administered the affirmation of professionalism to the assembled students.

“The event is part of a trend in law schools,” said Harrisburg Dean of Students Keith Sealing. “We perceive the need to inculcate feelings in students that they are entering a profession – above and beyond going to a fifth year of college.”

In Delaware, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs Susan L. Goldberg spoke after Dean Ammons, telling the student audience, “Today is the start of a new adventure for you.” Renae B. Axelrod ’91 followed with the alumni welcome, encouraging students to get involved, saying, “The possibilities are endless. This school has so much to offer you."

Delaware Student Bar Association President Dom Del Pino introduced the other members of the SBA board and said, "I'm very happy, and very proud and very grateful to embrace you as one of the new members of the Widener family."

Like the Harrisburg program, the Delaware program concluded with the administration of the affirmation of professionalism. Delaware Superior Court Judge and Widener Law graduate William C. Carpenter Jr. spoke to the students about Widener Law’s humble origins, explaining, “It means a lot to be a Widener Grad,” adding, “It is a law school built by people who wanted to be lawyers. They didn't come to law school because they wanted to avoid something else." He mentioned that the majority of Delaware bar members are Widener Law alumni and called the school’s history “an important legacy.”