Meet Our Student Ambassadors
Meet our Student Ambassadors
The following students are outstanding representatives of our community. Please browse their profiles and contact them with questions about Widener Law! If you are a current student interested in participating, please visit our Student Ambassador Registration.

Delaware Campus Ambassadors | Harrisburg Campus Ambassadors


McLeodKendrick185x164pxKendrick McLeod
Third Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Undergraduate: Morgan State University
Major: Political Science with a minor in Fine Art.

Kendrick is an active member in several organizations on Widener's campus including the Black Law Student's Association (BLSA) and the Student Bar Association (SBA). He is also a Co-Founder and Vice-President of a newly formed organization, Youth Court League (YCL), a group that introduces and conducts restorative justice programs at local schools.

What does Kendrick like most about Widener Law? The faculty and staff are truly here to see you thrive and are willing to help you at every turn. The Widener environment fosters learning, growth, and opportunity to succeed.

CohenSamantha185x164Samantha Cohen
Third Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate: Penn State
Major: Journalism with a minor in Political Science.

Samantha has a rich journalism background having worked for Baltimore Magazine and Kiplinger’s in Washington, D.C. She also interned with Congressman John P. Sarbanes.

What does Samantha like most about Widener Law? The friendly and welcoming students helped her decide to attend Widener.

McGovernMegan185x164pxMegan McGovern
Third Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Hockessin, DE
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Major: English/Sociology

Megan McGovern has been involved with multiple organizations during her academic career at Widener Law. This year, Megan was selected for the prestigious Wolcott Fellowship, serving as a law clerk to Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen L. Valihura. She is also the Internal Managing Editor for Widener Law Review. Last year, Megan was the President of PILA and the Secretary of the Student Bar Association. She has also interned with the Delaware Attorney General’s Office. Megan also volunteers with the Youth Courts, a diversionary program designed to break the school-to-prison pipeline.

What does Megan like most about Widener Law? “The community - the teachers truly want to see the students succeed and are always willing to spend extra time helping with a difficult class. Faculty comes to so many student events and really take the time to get to know their students and help them make connections to help further their careers. There's a lot of camaraderie between the students too. Because we're a smaller school it's easy to get to know everyone. We're all supportive of each other's projects, activities and successes. And lastly, Widener has SO much to offer. The connections are incredible. The Wolcott Fellowship has been such an amazing learning experience and has really put my skills to use. The clinics also give students the opportunity for hands-on work, and we've got a variety of student interest groups that provide students plenty of avenues to discover different areas of law.”

VanGorderMichael185x164pxMichael Van Gorder
Third Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Newark, DE
Undergraduate and Graduate: Wilmington University
Major: Business Management (B.S.) and Finance (M.B.A.)

Mike is the Wolcott Fellow to the Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely of the Supreme Court of Delaware. Mike is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. During his first two years, Mike was a law clerk to Herbert W. Mondros, Esquire. While working for Mr. Mondros, Mike worked on cases in Delaware's Court of Chancery, the Superior Court of Delaware, the Supreme Court of Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He gained experience in various areas of law, including corporate matters, insurance defense, and criminal appeals.

Before attending Widener Law, Mike worked for J.P. Morgan's Private Bank as a Senior Client Service Associate. While working with high net worth clients, Mike gained experience in banking and securities. In addition, he earned his Series 6, 63, 65, and 7 securities license.

What does Mike like most about Widener Law? “As a Delaware native, I was naturally drawn to Widener Law. Further, being right down the street from the corporate capital of the world provided me with the unique opportunity to learn from leaders in corporate law including nationally recognized professors; world-renowned Justices and Judges; and prominent local practitioners. Additionally, my work for the Supreme Court of Delaware and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law has exposed me to current events and issues—not only in corporate law but in all areas of law relevant to Delaware. Simply put, it has been a privilege to start my legal career at Widener Law, and I am honored to be a member of such a unique community.”

StowellDanielle185x164pxDanielle Stowell
Second Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Pine Hill, NJ
Undergraduate:Rowan University (Bachelors) and Camden County College (Associates)
Major: Political Science

Danielle Stowell is involved with several organizations at Widener Law. She is the Treasurer of the Women’s Law Caucus, whose mission is to promote the advancement and equality of women and to raise awareness of gender-related societal and legal issues, and the Secretary of the Public Interest Law Alliance, whose purpose is to promote public interest law initiatives and to inform the student body about public interest job opportunities. Danielle is also a member of OUTlaw the Widener Law LGBT-Straight Alliance, whose mission is to represent the interests of LGBT students at Widener, and Alternative Dispute Resolution, which teaches students negotiation, client counseling, mediation, and arbitration techniques. She also volunteers Fridays at the New Castle County, Delaware Courthouse helping Delaware Volunteer Legal Services determine which pro se petitioners are eligible for pro bono counsel at their Protection from Abuse Order trials.

What does Danielle like most about Widener Law? “I like that the faculty and staff are so willing to do whatever it takes to make sure you succeed. They give up their precious personal time daily to make sure we understand the difficult concepts and will stay as long as you need to make sure you finally understand it!”

TurennePatrice185x164Patrice Turenne
Fourth Year, Part-Time Extended Division

Hometown: Norristown, PA
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Economics

Patrice is a member of Phi Alpha Delta and works full-time as a Client Service Manager for an insurance consulting company. In the past, she volunteered at animal shelters and served as a mentor to underprivileged youth.

What does Patrice like most about Widener Law? “There is so much to love about Widener Law! First, I have to say the faculty and staff are amazing. Everyone is so helpful. All of the professors are approachable both in and out of the classroom. Law school is tough so it is great that Widener has professors that are willing to help students not only with the substance of the classes they teach but they are also willing to help students develop as legal professionals.”

BennetLindsey185x164Lindsay Bennett
Third Year, Part-Time Extended Division

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Major: History
Legal Interests: Criminal Prosecution, Immigration, International Law

Lindsay was a Resident Assistant and tour guide at the University Pittsburgh and interned at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. She also worked at the Municipal Court with Judge Bradley K. Moss.
What does Lindsay like most about Widener Law? As a relatively young law school, Lindsay was impressed with Widener Law’s stellar reputation and solid placement percentage.


RebeccaBailey185x164Rebecca Bailey
Third Year, Extended Division

Hometown: Hershey, PA
Undergraduate: Kutztown University & Universidad del Azuay
Major: Criminal Justice
Legal Interests: Drafting legislative proposals; Specific focus on revising the Workers' Compensation Act and Protection from Abuse Act in Pennsylvania.

Rebecca is part of the Student Bar Association, the Mentor/Mentee Program, and serves as a volunteer notary for Wills for Heroes. Outside of school, she serves as the Public Relations Committee Chair for the Central Pennsylvania Paralegal Association and a volunteer for the Dauphin County Bar Association - Homeless Outreach Program

What does Rebecca like most about Widener Law? "The comradery that exists between the students and professors at Widener Law is a unique and invaluable asset of the school. Whether it’s holding optional review sessions on the weekends, or staying late after class to answer questions, the professors at Widener are committed to ensuring their students obtain the necessary skills to succeed both now and in the future."

GenericHB185x164John Byrd
Second Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Pittston, PA
Undergraduate: University of Scranton
Major: Political Science
Legal Interests: Public Interest, Prosecution

John is the President of OUTLaw, a Vice Justice in the Harrisburg campus Phi Alpha Delta Chapter, and the Vice President - Social for the Harrisburg campus Student Bar Association

What does John like most about Widener Law? "The students and faculty here are great. People take a genuine interest in one another and office doors are always open whether its to talk about law school or anything else going on in your life."

DavisMorgan185x164Morgan Davis
Third Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Marketing with a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics
Legal Interests: Sports Law, Entertainment Law, Public Interest Law

I am the President of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), a member of the Widener Journal of Law, Economics, and Race, and a member of the Christian Legal Society.

What does Morgan like most about Widener Law? "What I like most about Widener are the access to resources, and the willingness of all faculty and staff to ensure that every student has a fulfilling academic experience. I also appreciate that Widener prides itself on making sure that its' students are successful when taking the bar and are prepared to begin a legal career. "

GonderRyanRyan Gonder
Second Year, Extended Division

Hometown: Millersburg, PA
Undergraduate: Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Major: Economics with an option in Finance
Legal Interests: Business Law, Employment Law, Constitutional Law

Ryan is a Student Bar Association Representative, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and serves as a Research Assistant to Professor Christopher J. Robinette.

What does Ryan like most about Widener Law? What I like most about Widener Law in Harrisburg is the authenticity of the faculty and staff. From day one they go above and beyond to ensure that our experience here at Widener puts us in a position for success both in school and in our careers after graduation. While attending law school at Widener you are more than just a number on paper, every person in the Widener community is genuinely concerned about what you have envisioned for your future.

PatsiopoulosKonstantinos185x164Konstantinos "Kosta" Patsiopoulos
Second Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Nutley, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Major: Political Science with a Law Concentration
Legal Interests: Criminal Law

1L Student Representative for the Student Bar Association; BARBRI Student Representative

What does Kosta like most about Widener Law? "The availability of professors and their willingness to assist students."

RussoTom185x164Tom Russo
Second Year, Regular Division

Hometown: Howell, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Georgian Court University
Major: History
Legal Interests: Family Law, Immigration Law, Criminal Law

Tom serves as a Student Representative for the Student Bar Association

What does Tom like most about Widener Law? "The willingness of professors to help, and a small campus that gives students more individualized attention."

WinstonTaMeka185x164Ta-Meka Winston
Second Year, Extended Division

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Undergraduate: Mary Baldwin College
Major: Asian Studies
Legal Interests: International Law, Criminal Law

Ta-Meka is a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

What does Ta-Meka like most about Widener Law? "What I like most about Widener Law is the warm learning environment combined with the fact that the faculty truly cares about the success of the students. Widener is a true teaching school that prides itself in graduating students that are well prepared to join the legal community."