The beginning of the fall semester marks the close of a busy summer at Widener Law that saw a number of renovations take place on the Delaware campus. In addition, faculty members shared their expertise at a wide range of speaking engagements and the Widener Law Summer Abroad programs offered unique learning opportunities.
For those who were away during the summer months, here is a look back at some of the great things that happened this summer.June
In early June, Widener Law hosted the JURIST Academy program
to offer promising undergraduates students from diverse backgrounds a taste of law school. This year, the program expanded to the Harrisburg campus. Participating students on both campuses enjoyed a wide range of activities
, including hearing from Widener Law graduates, practicing lawyers from prominent local firms, and on other prominent legal figures.
Also in June, the National Judicial College returned
to the Delaware campus for an Advanced Administrative Law Seminar. New faculty appointments
for the upcoming year were also announced at the end of June.July
Returning Professors Larry Hamermesh
and Geoff Moulton
shared their experiences during their leaves of absence; Professor Hamermesh at the Securities and Exchange Commission
and Professor Moulton as General Counsel for Senator Ted Kaufman
on the Delaware campus saw improvements made to Polishook Hall and the Concord Hall dormitory, and the Crown Court snack bar and the Mail Room traded places with improvements made to both locations. A project to create additional parking spaces
closer to the Main Law building also began at the end of July.
With the Summer Abroad programs in full swing, Harrisburg Dean of Students Keith E. Sealing
shared some of his wonderful photographs from Kenya
, Harrisburg Vice Dean Robyn Meadows
shared her thoughts on Venice
, and Associate Professor Randle Pollard wrote about the Sydney program
Associate Professor Thaddeus Pope
also visited Australia to speak at the 2011 Australasian Conference of Bioethics and Health Law
, while H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law Erin Daly
wrote about an important decision in an Ecuadorian court
that recognized that Nature itself has enforceable rights.August
With the beginning of their law school careers rapidly approaching, incoming Harrisburg students had the opportunity to get together at a Harrisburg Senators game
, while incoming Delaware students enjoyed a Wilmington Blue Rocks game
August also saw the release of “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA,”
a report from the National Research Council that Distinguished Professor John Dernbach
contributed to. Professor John Caposwki
also shared some information about his July trip to Beijing for the Third International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science
Associate Professor Jill Family
offered her observations on the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates adoption of a resolution
that she worked on as Chair of the Immigration Committee of the Administrative Law Section. Keith Sealing spoke at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Examiners
about his experiences working with Millennials.
Many Widener Law alumni were honored as “Top Lawyers”
by Main Line Today magazine on its 2011 list.
Finally, Widener Law welcomed new students with Welcome to the Profession events
that kicked off orientation just ahead of the start of the fall semester.