Widener Law celebrated its successes and the positive impacts being made by its distinguished alumni recently when the school hosted a reception in the Pennsylvania capitol building.
The event, held Wednesday, Nov. 28, attracted numerous alumni elected officials and the Hon. Dominic Pileggi, the Pennsylvania Senate majority leader, whose district includes Chester, Pa. – the home of Widener University’s main campus.
Pileggi told the roughly 100 people gathered in the East Wing Rotunda he can see the dome of Widener’s Old Main building from the backyard of his personal residence. Then he turned his remarks to the law school, the only institution of its kind in the Pennsylvania capital.
“Having a school literally right in the backyard of the center of government producing quality lawyers adds to the value of the Commonwealth,” he said.
Other elected officials told how Widener has added to the value of their lives.
State Rep. Eugene DePasquale ’02, the Pennsylvania auditor general-elect, said Widener’s lessons in how to balance the demands of school prepared him well for life. He was living in York at the time he began law school, preparing to marry and start a family. Widener’s acceptance allowed him to get a law degree and manage his personal responsibilities too.
“I think what Widener does is different from the Yales and the Stanfords. You’re taking scrappy people and helping them find a way to make it work.”
Other speakers included Pennsylvania state Reps. Mark B. Cohen ’93, Bryan Cutler ’06 and Peter J. Daley ’93.
Law Dean Linda L. Ammons
said the heart of the law school’s mission is bettering the communities it serves, and the legislators are good examples.
“Tonight we recognize your commitment to embodying excellence in the law, ethical conduct and the standard of unselfish service that we have sought to instill in each of our graduates since the law school’s founding,” she said.