Widener Law welcomes new staff and faculty
Public Relations - Published: July 1, 2009
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Professor Robyn Meadows

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Professor Robert C. Power

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Professor Randle B. Pollard

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Professor Darlene Kennedy

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Professor Keith E. Sealing

Widener Law welcomes and congratulates new faculty and staff members in addition to current members of the law school community who take on new leadership roles, all effective today.

“This is a great group of people and we are fortunate to have them on our team,” Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “Their appointments will strengthen Widener Law’s intellectual and administrative initiatives, and I look forward to the unique contributions each person will bring to the job.”

The changes include:

Professor Robyn Meadows takes over as vice dean of the Harrisburg campus. The job is the most senior role in the dean’s cabinet for Harrisburg and involves overseeing day-to-day operations at the school. Meadows joined the Widener faculty in 1991 and teaches and writes in the areas of contracts, secured transactions, sales and leases and payment systems. She earned her law degree from University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1983 and an LL.M. from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in 1991. Meadows lives in Harrisburg. She replaces Vice Dean John L. Gedid, who will return to teaching and devoting his full attention to directing the school’s Law & Government Institute, one of Widener Law’s signature programs.

Professor Robert C. Power, takes over as associate dean for faculty research and development on the Harrisburg campus. Power will focus primarily on the needs of the faculty relative to scholarship, teaching and professional development. Power joined the Widener faculty in 1990 and teaches and writes in the areas of Constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law and professional responsibility. He earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1975. Power lives in Derry Township, Pa. He replaces Professor Susan Raeker-Jordan, who will focus on her full-time teaching.

Randle B. Pollard joins the Harrisburg faculty as an associate professor of tax law. Pollard served as senior counsel at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis from 2004 to 2008, when he left to be a field organizer for President Barack Obama’s campaign. He was domestic tax counsel for Eli Lilly and Co. for five years before going to Ice Miller. Pollard earned a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1988 and a LL.M. in taxation from the school in 1996. He is relocating to Harrisburg this summer.

Darlene Kennedy will join the Delaware campus as a visiting associate professor of federal income tax and property law. Kennedy is an associate member of the Baltimore City Planning Commission. She has been a consultant since 2005 for numerous Washington, D.C. law firms where she assisted principals in litigation preparation and did analysis and briefings on legal, factual, regulatory and policy issues. Prior to her consulting work, Kennedy served as a visiting professor of law at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. from 2004 to 2005. She was a tenure-track assistant professor of law at Regent University School of Law in Virginia from 1998 to 2002. Between the academic appointments, she worked as counsel and chief of staff to the assistant attorney general in the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as special assistant to the assistant secretary for public and Indian housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Kennedy holds a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Keith E. Sealing joins the Harrisburg campus as dean of students. Sealing comes to Widener from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where he has served as assistant dean for student affairs since August 2007. Prior to that, he worked as assistant dean for student administration at the Syracuse University College of Law. In his new role at Widener he will handle student academic advising and counseling, oversee all student groups and work closely with all office that provide student services. He will also be responsible for developing and implementing programs that help students develop personally and professionally. He replaces Ann E. Fruth, who held the position for two years and will return to her role as a legal writing professor. Sealing earned his law degree from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in 1985. He is relocating to Mechanicsburg.