Widener University School of Law will host 12 international jurists at its Delaware campus Wednesday, Nov. 7 in an effort to promote a better understanding of the American legal education system.
The judges and justices – all women – hail from Korea, Nepal, Taiwan and Ukraine. Their visit to Widener comes in conjunction with their attendance at the National Association of Women Judges annual conference, a four-day event happening Nov. 8-11 in Philadelphia. They are one of several groups of international judges that will be visiting area law schools on the eve of the conference’s opening day.
The group’s visit to Widener will begin with an hour-long presentation at 10:30 a.m. in the school’s Aquipt War Room at Polishook Hall. Wilmington attorney Richard K. Herrmann, visiting law professor and chair of Widener’s Technology Law Practice Technology Center, will demonstrate what can be done with modern courtroom technology. The Aquipt War Room is a high-tech courtroom laboratory for Widener students, where they learn the skills for lawyering in a modern age, using cutting-edge electronics.
The group will then take a brief tour of the campus and have a noon lunch with faculty and students in the law school’s Barristers’ Club. Two student ambassadors will also take part in the visit and serve as translators if needed, although all the visiting judges and justices speak English.
The media is invited to attend and photograph the visit. Joining the international contingent will be Delaware Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. and Superior Court Judges Jan R. Jurden and M. Jane Brady. Brady is the former Delaware attorney general and serves as a member of the law school’s Board of Overseers. Judge Sue Pai Yank of the New Jersey Workers Compensation Court will also attend.
The visit highlights Widener’s connection to judges across the nation and the world. The Delaware campus serves an East Coast center for the National Judicial College, the continuing-education organization for judges. National Judicial College programs held on Widener’s campus attract judges from all over the country seeking to improve their skills and continue their educations in a way that will make them better jurists.