Long-time Delaware Journal of Corporate Law Secretary Retires
Web Editor - Published: February 2, 2010
Linda Hahs Flaharty remembers working alongside Dean Alfred Avins at the Delaware Law School’s second location at the Washington Street church when the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law began in 1975. Though the position originally started as a part-time job, it turned into something far more for Linda, resulting in thirty-five years of dedicated service in which Linda played the roles of office manager, mentor, and friend to the many dedicated students who served on the Journal. On Friday, January 29, 2010, family, friends, faculty, and staff celebrated Linda’s years of service as she officially retired.

Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons presented Mrs. Flaharty with several gifts, including a Widener retirement watch and an engraved paving-stone honoring Linda’s thirty-five years of service that will be placed near the new fountain. “The fact that this Journal has never had another secretary is amazing,” noted Dean Ammons. The paving stone, a gift card, and the party were gifts of Widener Law staff and faculty.

William M. Alleman, the Current Editor-in-Chief of Volume 35 of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law said of Linda, “She is the glue that’s held this Journal together for thirty-odd years.” Current External Managing Editor Samuel L. Closic also spoke, fondly citing Linda’s ability to manage deadlines and keep the staff calm.

Several alumni who served on the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law including Francis G.X. Pileggi ’86, a former Internal Managing Editor, spoke about their fond memories of Linda. “Linda is larger than life. It’s going to be hard to imagine anyone taking her place,” said Pileggi.

“It has been my pleasure to serve with everyone of the Deans who has been at the law school,” concluded Linda Flaharty in her own remarks as she thanked the Widener Law community.