James T. Ranney
RanneyJamesAdjunct Professor

James T. Ranney is Adjunct Professor of Law at Widener’s Delaware campus. Professor Ranney joined Widener in 2011, coming out of semi-retirement to team-teach International Law. While in private practice, Professor Ranney specialized in criminal law (including post-conviction death penalty litigation), class actions (plaintiffs’ steering committee on In Re Copley Pharmaceutical, Inc., “Albuterol” Products Liability Litigation, 161 F.R.D. 456 (D. Wyo. 1995), aff’d sub nom, Burns v. Copley Pharmaceutical, Inc., 132 F3d 42 (10th Cir. 1997) [also on 8-person trial team] and In re Diet Drugs (Phentermine, Fenfluramine, Dexfenfluramine) Products Liability Litigation, 282 F.3d 220 (3rd Cir. 2002), medical malpractice, and employment law, all as a solo practitioner in, first, Missoula, Montana, and later, Philadelphia. Prior to that, he was University Legal Counsel for the University of Montana and Research Professor of law at the University of Montana School of Law, teaching courses in Criminal Procedure, Legal Writing, Legal History, and Contemporary Legal Problems (“Law and World Peace”).

Prior to law teaching, Professor Ranney was an Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Appeals Division, in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, he clerked for the Hon. Thomas E. Fairchild on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and was a legal intern at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Professor Ranney has a long-time interest in the peace issue, in particular, abolition of nuclear weapons and the establishment of international dispute resolution mechanisms. He is finishing a book and several articles on this issue.

Professor Ranney was a co-founder of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center (in Missoula, Montana), a Legal Consultant to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions, and is currently a Board Member of the Project for Nuclear Awareness.

Professor Ranney is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and the Harvard Law School.


Selected Publications
  • World Peace Through Law - Rethinking an Old Theory, 1 CADMUS Journal 125 (2012).
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Law and Practice (3 vols., 1990).
  • The Constitutionality of Drug Testing of College Athletes: A Brandeis Brief for a Narrowly Intrusive Approach,16 J. of College & University Law 397 (1990).
  • Background Paper on AIDS: Scientific and Legal Issues, 18 College Law Digest 211 (1988).
  • Heritage of Our Freedoms—Milestones in Legal History (1987)(3-hour slideshow on the evolution of the Western legal tradition).
  • Beyond “Minimal Deterrence”—an Approach Toward Nuclear Disarmament, 4 J. of World Peace 18 (1987).
  • The Exclusionary Rule—The Illusion vs. the Reality, 46 Mont. L. Rev. 289 (1985).