Widener Law Faculty Prepare for Busy Summer Ahead
Web Editor - Published: June 4, 2012
Summer Faculty Activity 2012 PromoDespite graduation and the passing of spring, Widener Law’s accomplished faculty remains busy as they participate in a variety of conferences, workshops, speaking engagements, and other events over the course of the summer. Many faculty members have already been hard at work since the end of the spring semester.

On May 8th, Professor Alan E. Garfield, who recently won the 2012 Delaware Press Association Communication Contest 1st Place Award for his “Bench Press” column in the News Journal, presented “Religious Freedom and Women’s Right to Health Care” at the ACLU of Delaware’s Annual Meeting.

On May 15th, Professor Michael J. Goldberg spoke to a meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the DE State Bar Association on “Recent Developments at the NLRB.”

Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic Director Kenneth T. Kristl argued a case before the Delaware Supreme Court on May 16th, Sierra Club et al v. DNREC, No. 634, 2011, that he describes as “the final chapter of the Coastal Zone case the Clinic has been litigating since August 2010 over the Wandendale wastewater treatment facility down in Sussex County.”

On Monday, May 21st, Associate Professor Jill E. Family gave a presentation to the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), which is a part of the UK Ministry of Justice. Professor Family has been over in England during the spring serving as a Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary University of London School of Law, researching the immigration adjudication system in the United Kingdom and comparing and contrasting that system with the U.S. immigration system.

On May 22nd, Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate Law Lawrence A. Hamermesh served as a panelist on the Enhanced Ethics panel at the Delaware State Bar Association’s Recent Developments in Corporate and Alternative Entity Law.

From May 29th through June 1st, Associate Professor Anna P. Hemingway and other members of Widener Law’s legal writing faculty attended the 2012 Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial Conference in Desert Spring, California.

Associate Professor Leslie A. Johnson, who taught a class during the spring for Kaplan/ PMBR called "Preparing for the Bar Exam" at both Brooklyn School of Law and Western New England School of Law will expand her teaching duties for Kaplan by teaching the two-day "Estates and Trusts" segment of their nationwide bar preparation course.

Upcoming summer activities for members of Widener Law’s busy faculty include:

  • From June 12 through June 22nd, Distinguished Professor John C. Dernbach will be attending the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.
  • On June 15th, Director of Bar Programs Micah J. Yarbrough will be a presenter on the “Developing an Institutional Outcome and Assessment Plan” panel at the Law School Admissions Council’s Academic Assistance Training Workshop in Denver, Colorado. The panel will provide strategies and suggestions for those seeking to develop a plan for assessing their academic assistance programs.
  • Also in June, Associate Professor Jules Epstein will serve as a course planner and presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Annual Criminal Law Symposium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Professor Epstein will also lecture on the Confrontation Clause and eyewitness evidence to the Louisiana state bench and bar in Sandestin, Florida.
  • In late June, Associate Dean for Information Services and Technology and Director of the Legal Information Center Michael Slinger will be attending the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Associate Dean Slinger will also be giving a lecture over the summer at the Rachel Kohl Public Library in Glen Mills, PA on the treatment of prisoners of war during the Civil War.
  • In July, Associate Professor Paul L. Regan will teach a three-week “Advanced Concepts in Corporate Law” class on the Delaware campus to a group of about ten foreign students and attorneys from Russia and the United Kingdom.
  • Associate Professor Paul L. Regan will present his article, “Human Rights Compliance and Accountability for U.S. Multinational Enterprises,” at the 2012 Nordic Sociological Conference “Trust and Social Change” in Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Professor Larry D. Barnett will also speak at the 2012 Nordic Sociological Conference “Trust and Social Change” in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he will present “A Macrosociological Study of Law on Divorce in Western Europe. Professor Barnett will chair the session on the sociology of law.
  • Associate Professor Jules Epstein will participate in multi-day training for judges at the National Judicial College’s Current Issues in the Law program in Boston, Massachusetts.