Harrisburg campus event examines Model State Administrative Procedure Act
Public Relations - Published: November 5, 2010
Even laws need periodic maintenance, and early this year big changes were made to a model law that serves as a guide for the 50 states on how they structure their government agencies and procedures. Now, Widener Law will host an event that draws together administrative and government law experts from across the nation to examine those revisions made to the Model State Administrative Procedure Act.

“Modernizing Agency Practice: The 2010 Model State Administrative Procedure Act,” hosted by the student-run Widener Law Journal in cooperation with the Widener Law & Government Institute, is slated for Monday, Nov. 8, in room A180 of the administration building on the law school’s campus at 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg.

The event will feature an introductory talk by Widener Professor John L. Gedid, director of the school’s signature Law & Government Institute. Other speakers will include professors from schools including Pepperdine University School of Law in California, UCLA School of Law, the University of Washington in Seattle and more. The day’s three panel discussions will be moderated by Widener Law faculty, including one by Law Dean Linda L. Ammons.

The conference will analyze changes and additions to administrative procedures made in the revised Model State Administrative Procedure Act. The Act is important because it is one of the principal influences on state administrative procedure. Parts of it have been adopted in nearly every state. It was drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, now known as the Uniform Law Commission.

Gedid was appointed a Pennsylvania commissioner to the group in 2003. He sat on the drafting committee during the seven years of work on the act, which was completed this year. Attorneys from each state, who are dedicated to promoting uniformity and clarity in state statutes, make up the commission. Gedid and a fellow commissioner from Alaska petitioned the body in 2003 to revise the act – essentially launching a comprehensive effort that involved exploring administrative procedure in every state.

“The Act sorely needed revising,” Gedid said. “It is important because it is one of the major influences on state administrative practice throughout the United States, and administrative activity affects millions of citizens.”

The conference at Widener has been approved for six substantive continuing legal education credits for Pennsylvania and Delaware attorneys. The cost is $120 for those seeking the credits and $100 for alumni, and government employees. For more information or to register, contact Sandra Graeff at 717-541-3965 or slgraeff@widener.edu. To view a full schedule for the conference see law.widener.edu/msapa.