On Thursday September 13th, Widener University hosted a Law and Government Forum
televised on the PCN network. The forum, which consisted of a moderator, a panel, and an attentive audience, touched on the relationship between state and federal constitutions. During the televised event Widener Law students were given the opportunity to ask the panel questions, and after the television cameras were shut off, faculty and students had an oppourtunity to reflect on the event.
One Widener Law student, Lyle Hartranft, asked Professor Robert C. Power
, who sat on the panel, to clarify the roots of federalism and the balance of federal and state power. Afterwards Mr. Hartranft said, “This panel knows what they are talking about.”
Law student Jim Strupe also felt that the event was a success. “The panel was great,” he said, “how lucky are we!”
Student David Humphreys observed that he learned how the constitutions of the United States and Pennsylvania are in conflict and yet how both seek to further the interests of the citizens.
Associate Provost and Dean of the Law School Linda L. Ammons
said, “I wouldn’t have missed it. The panel was tops… this was just a great day. The Law and Government program
has been developed not only to teach our future lawyers, but to provide a service to Pennsylvanians and anyone else who can be informed by these kinds of events. I hope that this will not end the discussion, but begin the discussion about how important our constitutions are.”
Harrisburg campus Vice Dean and Professor of Law Robyn L. Meadows
said, “The event was great in that it spoke both to the laymen, law students and legal professors.”Student Bar Association
president Kristin Potter took time to reflect on the event as well, observing, “The panel's discussion… on federalism, was in depth and extremely insightful. Our Widener Law professors, who served as today's panel, are all very passionate in their beliefs about federalism. I look forward to hearing what they have to say in future forums about other issues arising out of the Pennsylvania Constitution.”
“I hope that the public could see this,” said Widener Law Student Rachel Hadrick, “because it gives a lot of insight on how our government could work. There is an immense need to get involved in state governments since so much of our daily lives are impacted on the state level.”