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Patrick J. Johnston
Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

A.B., St. Joseph's University
J.D., University of Chicago Law School 

E-mail: pjjohnston@widener.edu
Phone: 302.477.2199

Patrick J. Johnston is Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Johnston received an A.B., summa cum laude, from St. Joseph's University in 1977, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1980.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Johnston practiced with Dechert, Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1980-85, and was Assistant General Counsel at ARA Services, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1985-87. Professor Johnston was also a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1987-90.

Professor Johnston joined the faculty at Widener in 1990 and served as Assistant Professor of Law from 1990-94. He has served as Associate Professor of Law since 1994.

Professor Johnston is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, and he teaches and writes in the areas of Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Conflict of Laws, and Professional Responsibility.

Professor Johnston recently received the 2011 Faculty Advisor of the Year Award from the Delaware Student Bar Association for his service and dedication as a co-advisor to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society.

Selected Recent Publications

Articles
  • Amended Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.11: Long-Standing Controversy, Imperfect Remedy, and New Questions, 11 Widener J. Pub. L. 83 (2002).
  • Problems in Raising Prayers to the Level of Rule: The Example of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 1, 75 B.U. L. Rev. 1325 (1995).
  • Civil Justice Reform: Juggling Between Politics and Perfection, 62 Fordham L. Rev. 833 (1994).

Books
  • Final Report From the Advisory Group Appointed Pursuant to the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (Reporter, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware 1991).