Widener Law Professors Help Celebrate Law Day
Web Editor - Published: April 30, 2012
LawDay Promo 235In celebration of Law Day on May 1st, Widener Law professors will be participating in events that mark the occasion.

First declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day was codified into Public Law on April 7, 1961 in U.S. Code, Title 36, Section 113 as a day to celebrate a commitment to the rule of law. This year’s American Bar Association theme for Law Day is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”

Harrisburg Associate Professor Wesley M. Oliver will be speaking at a Naturalization Ceremony and Law Day Program in Lebanon, Pennsylvania at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1 of the Lebanon County Municipal Building. In addition to Professor Oliver’s talk, titled “The Contradiction that is America,” the ceremony – which is open to the public – will also honor new admissions to the Lebanon County Bar Association and feature special music.

The Delaware Supreme Court, in conjunction with the Women and the Law section of the Delaware State Bar Association, is sponsoring volunteers who will present iCivics at special assemblies in public junior and middle schools throughout the state of Delaware.

Legal Methods Professors Mary Ann Robinson and Rebecca Scalio, as well as Multicultural Affairs Officer Troy Riddle, are among the volunteers who will be visiting schools across Delaware. Additionally, 1st-year Delaware campus law student Carmen Facciolo, who works in the Administrative Office of the Delaware Courts, is helping to coordinate the project.

Developed by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a team of educational experts to promote civic education in schools, iCivics engages students by using video games to teach them about a range of topics from the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to the responsibilities of citizenship. Delaware Supreme Court Justice and Widener Law adjunct professor Randy J. Holland serves as the Delaware Chair for iCivics, and Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden and Laina M. Herbert, Esquire of Prickett, Jones & Elliott, P.A., who serves as the Women and the Law Section chair for the DSBA are spearheading the Law Day program.

“I am excited to be part of this ambitious program to promote civics education in the Delaware schools,” said Professor Robinson, adding, “Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and her team have created a wonderful program that I think will make it fun for the students to learn.”