The second-annual Judges Day brought more than 20 jurists from four states to the Delaware campus in an event designed to nurture the important relationship between the law school and the bench.
Organized by Professor Erin Daly
, associate dean for faculty research and development, Judges Day brings members of the bench onto campus for classroom visits, meetings with Dean Linda L. Ammons
and her staff, talks with the faculty about their research and opportunities to discuss their thoughts about the legal profession and legal education. Law clerks to the judges also held an informational session with Widener students who were interested in learning more about clerking opportunities.
Daly told the judges at a luncheon in the Barristers’ Club that the school founded the event in 2008 to thank them for all they do in support of the law school. “No law school can survive without friends, without the people who hire and mentor our students, who judge our moot courts and who teach as adjuncts and special guests,” she said.
The day was also a chance for the school and the judges to get to know one another better. Associate Professors Jules Epstein
, Kenneth T. Kristl
and Nicholas A. Mirkay III
all made presentations about their work and scholarship. The judges also met with Distinguished Professors Andrew Strauss
and Robert J. Lipkin
and Taishoff Professor of Law Thomas Reed
, who directs the Veterans Law Clinic
The judges came from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey courts and ended their day with a reception in the Alfred Avins Special Collection Library room, where Ammons and Daly thanked them for making the day at Widener part of their busy schedules.
“We hope you all can come back next year when we do this again,” Daly said.