Widener Law announces 2010 John L. Gedid lecture: Bankruptcy law in the aftermath of financial crisis
Public Relations - Published: April 5, 2010
GedidLecturePromo2010Widener Law is pleased to announce it will welcome one of the country’s leading experts on bankruptcy and commercial law to its Harrisburg campus on Tuesday, April 6 for the fourth-annual John L. Gedid lecture.

Melissa B. Jacoby, the George R. Ward Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law will deliver remarks titled, “Rethinking Bankruptcy Law in the Aftermath of a Financial Crisis.” The hour-long lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in room A180 of the campus administration building at 3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg.

Jacoby is widely known for her research and scholarship on topics including bankruptcy, creditor-debtor relationships and commercial law. She and her work have been cited in the New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and on National Public Radio. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Her teaching career started in 2000 at Temple University and she moved to UNC-Chapel Hill with a tenured associate professor appointment in 2004. She received the school’s inaugural Robert G. Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching in the spring of 2009.

Earlier in her career, Jacoby clerked for Judge Robert E. Ginsberg of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the northern district of Illinois and Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also worked in Washington D.C. as a senior staff attorney for the National Bankruptcy Review Commission.

Widener Law began the John L. Gedid lecture series in April 2007. The event honors Gedid, who has been a leading figure on the Harrisburg campus since it opened in 1989, and who serves as director of the campus’ signature Law & Government Institute, which is dedicated to improving law that defines the structure and operation of government and the rights and duties of citizens dealing with government. He is a beloved professor, treasured mentor and active public servant.

“We are thrilled to have Professor Jacoby as this year’s Gedid lecturer. Her remarks are timely given the economic difficulties challenging our country right now. I am certain there will be thoughtful and worthwhile lessons in what she says,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “The law school is pleased to share this program with the public and through it, call attention to the valuable work of our own Professor John Gedid as well as the Law & Government Institute he directs.”

The lecture is free and open to all. One continuing legal education credit is available at no cost for Pennsylvania and Delaware attorneys who attend.

The event is presented by the Law School with sponsorship from Aspen Publishing. A reception will follow the lecture.

For more information, contact Sandra Graeff at 717.541.3965 or slgraeff@widener.edu.