Robert C. Power
Professor of Law

A.B., Brown University
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

E-mail: rcpower@widener.edu
Phone: 717.541.3980 

Robert C. Power is Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus. Professor Power received an A.B. from Brown University in 1972, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1975, where he served as a member of the Northwestern Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Power served in the Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice, assigned as a Trial Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, from 1975-79. He later served as an Associate Attorney in the firm of James M. Shannahan, Providence, Rhode Island from 1979-80 and as a Trial Attorney for the Department of Energy in Washington, DC, from 1980-83. Professor Power was an Associate Professor at the University of Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac University) from 1983-89 and Professor from 1989-93.

Professor Power joined the faculty at Widener as Professor of Law and has served in that capacity since 1990, serving as Vice Dean for the campus from 2001 through 2004 and Dean of Faculty Research and Development from 2009 to 2011. From 2007 to 2009, he was the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law. In Spring 1993, Professor Power was Visiting Professor of Law at Pace University, in 1999-2000, he was Visiting Professor of Law at Michigan State University, and in Summer 2007, he was Visiting Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. He teaches and writes in the areas of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Professional Responsibility.

Professor Power has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice and the Rhode Island Bar Association. He has regularly spoken before community and academic groups on constitutional law, the law of higher education, organized crime, criminal law, and ethics. He is also a professional musician, playing clarinet and saxophone in several central Pennsylvania music groups. Professor Power is working on articles concerning fictional portrayals of the criminal justice system, international aspects of constitutional rights, and the constitutional law of curfews.

Selected Recent Publications

  • “Intelligence” Searches and Purpose: A Significant Mismatch Between Constitutional Criminal Procedure and the Law of Intelligence-Gathering, 30 Pace Law Review 620 (2010).
  • Lawyers and the War, 34 Journal of the Legal Profession 39 (2009)
  • Pinochet and the Uncertain Globalization of Criminal Law, 39 Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. 89 (2007).
  • Changing Expectations of Privacy and the Fourth Amendment, 16 Widener L. J. 43 (2006).
  • Federalism, Fig Leaves, and the Games Lawyers Play, 12 Widener L.J. 551 (2003).
  • Just the Facts, Detective Fiction in the Law School Curriculum, in Murder 101: Essays on the Teaching of Detective Fiction (Edward J. Rielly, ed. 2009)
  • The Path to (and from?) Judicial Independence, 5 Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics J. 603 (2007)