Widener Law event to focus on lessons from Earl Bradley tragedy
Public Relations - Published: October 31, 2011
BradleyBeyond CLE235When Sussex County, Del. pediatrician Earl Bradley was arrested in December 2009 and accused of raping and sexually exploiting more than 100 of his young patients over several years, shockwaves rippled across the nation – followed by disbelief that horrible acts on such a massive scale could have gone undetected for so long.

The case of Bradley, who now stands convicted and sentenced to 14 life terms, will be the focus of a daylong event presented by Widener Law, its nationally recognized Health Law Institute and the student-run Widener Law Review.

“Lessons from Tragedy: Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues Raised by Bradley and Beyond,” will kick off Friday, Nov. 4 at 8:30 a.m. with remarks from Gov. Jack Markell and Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons, the woman Markell turned to for an independent review of the system in which Bradley victimized so many children.

Ammons will present her report after the governor speaks, and three panels and a roundtable discussion will follow throughout the day. Topics will include health law and professional ethics and liability; criminal law; child advocacy; and legislation. The day will feature more than 20 speakers. They include judges, prosecutors, elected and other public officials, and members of the Delaware medical community, including the hospital medical director for the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.

See a full speaker list and agenda for the day.

“This tragedy shocked the nation and was a wake-up call for Delaware,” said Professor John G. Culhane, event chair and director of the Health Law Institute at Widener. “This symposium will use Dean Ammons’ work and the legislation that came out of her recommendations as a springboard for engaged discussion of the many interrelated legal, ethical, and medical issues that the case has dramatically raised.”

Delaware and Pennsylvania attorneys who attend will be eligible for six continuing legal education credits, including one ethics credit. Registration for those who attend for credit is $125 or $100 for Widener Law alumni. The cost includes event materials, continental breakfast, lunch and a wine and cheese reception at the close of the conference. The event is free, without meals or materials, for students and members of the general public who do not seek education credits. To register, contact Debbe Patrick at 302.477.2014 or dapatrick@widener.edu.