Susan M. Raeker-Jordan
Professor of Law

B.A., University of Maine
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law 

E-mail: sraeker-jordan@widener.edu
Phone: 717.541.3945

Susan M. Raeker-Jordan is Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus. Professor Raeker-Jordan received a B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Maine at Orono in 1984, and a J.D. Order of the Coif from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1988, where she served as Student Works Editor of the South Carolina Law Review.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Raeker-Jordan was a Public Interest Law Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois, and then served as Associate Attorney for Lord, Bissell & Brook in Chicago, Illinois, from 1988-90.

Professor Raeker-Jordan joined the faculty at Widener in 1990 and served as Legal Methods Instructor from 1990-93, as Assistant Professor from 1993-96, as Associate Professor from 1996-2005, as Professor of Law since 2005, and as Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development from 2007-09. Professor Raeker-Jordan is admitted to practice in Illinois, and she teaches and writes in the areas of Civil Procedure, Torts, Products Liability, Capital Punishment, and Disability Law.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Kennedy, Kennedy, and the Eighth Amendment: “Still in Search of a Unifying Principle”?, 73 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 107 (2011)
  • Impeachment Calls and Death Threats: Assessing Criticisms of the Death Penalty Jurisprudence of Justices Kennedy and O'Connor, 52 Wayne L. Rev. 1127 (2006).
  • Parsing Personal Predilections: A Fresh Look at the Supreme Court’s Cruel and Unusual Death Penalty Jurisprudence, 58 Me. L. Rev. 99 (2006).
  • A Study in Judicial Sleight of Hand: Did Geier v. American Honda Motor Co. Eradicate the Presumption Against Preemption?, 17 BYU J. Pub. L. 1 (2002).
  • The Pre-Emption Presumption that Never Was: Pre-Emption Doctrine Swallows the Rule, 40 Ariz. L. Rev. 1379 (1998).
  • A Fresh Look at the United States Supreme Courts Eighth Amendment Death Penalty Jurisprudence, part of the Research Seminar Series at the University of Technology, Sydney, in Sydney, Australia, July 22, 2004.
  • Panel Moderator, Widener Law Review Death Penalty Symposium, November 2003.
  • Aggravating and Mitigating Circumstances, Victim Impact Evidence, and the Eighth Amendment, Death Penalty 2000 Conference sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union/Foundation of Delaware, October 27, 2000.