Law school hosts nation’s administrative law judges
Public Relations - Published: July 2, 2008

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From left, David Brunke, president of NAALJ, Stephen Wise, president-elect of NAALJ, Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons and Widener Harrisburg campus Vice Dean John Gedid. Brunke and Wise are administrative law judges in Texas and Iowa, respectively.

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Law Dean Linda L. Ammons presented at the conference.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor gave the event keynote address.

About 130 administrative law judges visited Harrisburg for a continuing legal education program that included Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons among the event presenters.

Ammons was one of more than 12 speakers at the “Keystones of Justice” program hosted by Widener Law. The three-day program was the mid-year meeting of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

The dean spoke about hearsay reliability and witness credibility. She promoted an extensive audience discussion with a scenario that involved a sore racehorse, veterinarian affidavits and a question about their admissibility at a court hearing.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor delivered the keynote address in remarks titled “Constitutional Considerations in Administrative Law,” during an event luncheon.

Widener’s Law & Government Institute, directed by the school’s Harrisburg campus Vice Dean John L. Gedid, was instrumental in bringing the meeting to Harrisburg. The school created the institute in 1998, in response to a growing need for the study and development of administrative law, especially in the states.

Ammons and Gedid welcomed the conference attendees out to the Harrisburg campus for an evening reception during their stay. The conference was headquartered at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel.