Harrisburg celebrates alumni accomplishments
Public Relations - Published: November 10, 2011
Widener Law celebrated the achievements of three distinguished alumni recently with a reception in the East Wing of the capitol building in Harrisburg.

Michael F. Consedine, E. Christopher Abruzzo and Annmarie Kaiser are all graduates of the school’s Harrisburg campus and all have jobs within Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration. Corbett joined more than 100 friends, faculty, staff and alumni at the celebration to honor them. Attendees also included his Chief of Staff William F. Ward and General Counsel Stephen Aichele.

Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said there is no finer thing professionals can do than use their educations and talents to give back. Looking at the three alumni she said, “We know the state is in good hands.”

Corbett appointed Consedine, a 1994 graduate, to serve as the insurance commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. Throughout his legal career Consedine has concentrated his practice on regulatory and corporate matters involving insurance companies, reinsurers, producers, policyholder and other insurance entities. He is a former partner and vice chair of the insurance practices group within Saul Ewing LLP. In addition to his cabinet position, Consedine sits on a panel that advises the Federal Insurance Office.

“I thank the school for this recognition,” he said, “But more importantly, I thank the school for its faith in me.”

Abruzzo, a 1992 graduate, serves as deputy chief of staff to the governor. Before taking the job he served as chief deputy attorney general in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, supervising the drug strike force section. He oversaw all drug-related prosecutions conducted by the Attorney General’s Office in Pennsylvania. The work included grand jury and wiretap investigations and he was the office’s principal legal adviser on electronic surveillance and wiretap applications.

Abruzzo gave nods to Professor James Diehm and Distinguished Professor Michael Cozzillio for being positive influences on his career.

“It’s really humbling for us to share in our success with all of you tonight,” he said.

Kaiser, a 1993 graduate, serves as secretary of legislative affairs for the governor’s office. Most recently, Kaiser was the acting chief of staff and director of legislative affairs for the Attorney General’s Office. She also served as executive director of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association from 1997 to 2005.

Kaiser said she runs into Widener Law alumni daily, and she credited Diehm and his criminal law class as important influences.

“Thank you,” she said to Diehm, who was in the audience, “for everything you did to plant a seed that ended up with a great career.”