Commencement speakers announced
Public Relations - Published: April 29, 2013

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer


Douglas J. Steinhardt, '94

The School of Law today announced the speakers for the 2013 commencement ceremonies to be held this May.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer will serve as speaker for the Delaware campus’ 39th commencement, to be held on Saturday, May 18. Alumnus and private attorney Douglas J. Steinhardt will serve as speaker for the Harrisburg campus’ 22nd commencement to be held Sunday, May 19. He is a 1994 graduate of Widener’s Harrisburg campus.

Baer was elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November 2003 after serving 13 years on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. He spent nearly 10 of his trial-court years in the Family Division, where he implemented far-reaching reforms to both Juvenile Court and Domestic Relations. He was named Pennsylvania’s adoption advocate of the year in 1997, in acknowledgement of his innovations in Family Court. He received the Adoption 2002 Excellence Award for Judicial Innovation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an honor that was presented at a White House ceremony presided over by President and Hillary Clinton. The Pennsylvania Bar Association named him child advocate of the year in 2000.

Steinhardt is a named partner in the Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader firm with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. He has extensive experience in all aspects of family law, land use, labor and employment, personal injury and municipal law. He began his legal career as a law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey before joining his father, Joseph W. Steinhardt, in their Belvidere, N.J. law practice. He helped form Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader in 2005 after his father’s retirement. Steinhardt is the first, fifth-term mayor in Lopatcong, N.J. history and he also serves as chairman of the Warren County, N.J. Republican Committee and vice-chairman of the New Jersey Republican County Chairmen’s Association

“We are delighted with the speakers for our 2013 commencement ceremonies,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “I’m certain our graduates will benefit from the words of wisdom they share.”