Mary Kate Kearney
Professor of Law

B.A., Yale University
J.D., Notre Dame Law School
LL.M., Harvard University Law School

Phone: 717.541.3918

Mary Kate Kearney is a Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus. Professor Kearney received a B.A. from Yale University in 1981, a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1984, and an LL.M. from Harvard University Law School in 1990.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Kearney worked as an Instructor in Legal Reasoning, Writing & Research Program at Vermont Law School from 1984-86, and then as Director of the Program from 1985-86. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola University School of Business in Chicago from 1986-89. Professor Kearney was a Visiting Professor at De Paul University College of Law in 1998-99.

Professor Kearney joined the faculty at Widener in 1990 and served as Assistant Professor of Law from 1990-94, Associate Professor of Law from 1994-99, and Professor of Law since July 2000. Professor Kearney is admitted to practice in Illinois, and she teaches and writes in the areas of Torts, Contracts, Disability Law, Family Law, and Children and the Law.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Justice Thomas in Grutter v. Bollinger: Can Passion Play a Role in a Jurists Reasoning? 78 St. Johns L. Rev. 15 (2004)
  • The Propriety of Poetry in Judicial Opinions, 12 Widener L. J. 597 (2003) (Reprinted in 38 International Society of Barristers 475 (2003)).
  • DeShaney's Legacy in Foster Care and Public School Settings, 41 Washburn L.J. 275 (2002).
  • & Mary Jane Kearney, Reflections on Good (Law) Teaching, 2001 Law Rev. Mich. St. U.-Det. C. L. 385.
  • Recognizing That They Watch, 14 Widener L.J. 437 (2005).
  • & Douglas E. Ray, Editorial, Giving Alcohol to Minors a Dangerous Act, Patriot News (Harrisburg, PA), July 21, 2002 at F1.
  • Editorial, Denzel Washington's Comment Overlooked, Patriot News (Harrisburg, PA), March 31, 2002, at B7.