Widener Law brings nation’s administrative law judges to Harrisburg
Public Relations - Published: June 18, 2008

Widener University School of Law is pleased to welcome more than 120 administrative law judges and other legal professionals from around the nation to Harrisburg as it hosts the mid-year meeting of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary from June 24 to 26.

Much of the event will take place at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel, 1 N. Second St., but the group will pay a visit to Widener’s Harrisburg campus for a welcome reception on Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The program, “Keystones of Justice,” is intended to improve the trial skills of administrative law judges. The judges are principal decision makers in many areas of administrative law, such as professional and motor license appeals, workers compensation, unemployment compensation, public utilities, environmental law, banking, insurance and most other areas involving state and federal regulation.

Presenters at the conference include administrative law judges, academics, Commonwealth Court judges and other public servants. Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons will lead a one-hour session on hearsay problems in administrative adjudication. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor will give the meeting’s keynote address at a luncheon in the hotel. His remarks, titled, “Constitutional Considerations in Administrative Law,” will be delivered Wednesday, June 25 at 12:45 p.m.

Widener’s Law & Government Institute, directed by the school’s Harrisburg campus Vice Dean John L. Gedid, was instrumental in bringing the meeting to Harrisburg. The school created the institute in 1998, in response to a growing need for the study and development of administrative law, especially in the states.

“Widener is pleased to bring this national group to visit Harrisburg and to participate in the law school’s Law & Government Institute,” Gedid said. “Our objective is to assist in developing the trial skills of administrative law judges and in this manner improve the accuracy, fairness and justice of agency decisions.”

“It is truly gratifying for the law school to contribute to the improvement of administrative justice by coordinating this kind of educational program,” Ammons added. “We welcome the judges to Harrisburg.”

More information:  law.widener.edu/go/NAALJ.aspx.