Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice gives Jurist-in-Residence lecture
Public Relations - Published: April 2, 2013
SaylorUpdate2013400pxStudents, attorneys and the public will get a unique and valuable audience with a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice as he talks about the death penalty during his annual lecture at Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus.

Justice Thomas G. Saylor, Widener’s Law & Government Institute distinguished jurist in residence since 2009, will give the lecture, “Death-Penalty Stewardship and the Current State of Pennsylvania Capital Jurisprudence” on Thursday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m. in room A180 of the administration building, 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg. Attorneys who attend the hour-long event will be eligible for one substantive continuing legal education credit in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The event is free.

Justice Saylor, a member of the Supreme Court since 1998, teaches a seminar on Constitutional Law through the Law & Government Institute. Widener created the institute roughly 12 years ago in response to a growing need for the study and development of administrative and constitutional law, especially in the states. Students who study through the institute program earn certificates at graduation that reflect their specialty in areas of administrative/constitutional law, consumer law, environmental law or legislation.

Justice Saylor earned his law degree from Columbia University in 1972 and a master of laws degree in judicial studies from the University of Virginia. He worked in private practice and served as first assistant district attorney of his native Somerset County until 1982, when he was appointed director of the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Protection. In 1984 he was appointed first deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania. Justice Saylor was elected to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in 1993 and to his current position on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1997. He was retained in 2007 for a second, ten-year term on the Supreme Court. His law review and judicial opinion writings establish his expertise in constitutional law – especially state constitutional law, administrative law and judicial review.

“Justice Saylor’s presence at Widener Law enriches the legal education we provide our students. I am grateful for his professional contributions to our school,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said.

Those who wish to attend the lecture for continuing legal education credits should register by calling 717.541.3965 or sending an email to slgraeff@widener.edu. Members of the media who cover the event do not need to pre-register.