Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizes Law & Government Institute
Public Relations - Published: July 29, 2014
The Pennsylvania Legislature recently recognized the signature program on Widener Law’s campus in Harrisburg.

A resolution passed unanimously on Sunday, June 29 honored the school’s Law & Government Institute and its contributions to Pennsylvania as the institute marks its 15th anniversary.

Pennsylvania Reps. Mark Cohen and Rep. Peter J. Daley, both 1993 Widener Law alumni, sponsored the resolution. It is signed by Rep. Samuel Smith, speaker of the House of Representatives.

The institute is dedicated to exploring law that defines the structure and operation of government and the relationship between individuals and government. The resolution notes that the institute provides certificate programs that allow students to specialize in administrative law, environmental law and legislation, and that Widener students contribute to government law through externships at state agencies.

More than 150 law alumni have graduated with the certificate. The resolution mentions several alumni by name who are current or former members of the legislature, or who hold key positions in state government.

“The House of Representatives extend congratulations and appreciation to the Law & Government Institute for the contributions provided by the institute to this Commonwealth, in general, and to the General Assembly in particular,” it reads.

Professor Jill E. Family, director of the institute, said she was gratified to see the program recognized this way.

“I’m so proud of the contributions of our alumni and students to state government. It is wonderful to receive this recognition, and the Law & Government Institute looks forward to continuing and expanding its efforts to improve government law,” Family said.