Annual John L. Gedid Lecture Series Looks at the Election System
Web Editor - Published: March 12, 2009
GedidLecturePromoThis afternoon, March 12th, Heather K. Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will speak on the Harrisburg Campus at 4:30 in A180 of the Administration Building. Gerken will deliver the Annual John L. Gedid Lecture. Her talk is entitled The Invisible Election: Why Our System Isn't Working and How to Fix It.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School, Professor Gerken specializes in election law, constitutional law, and civil procedure. An expert on voting rights and election law, she served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court. Before joining the Yale faculty in 2006, she served as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School. She has frequently served as a commentator for national media outlets including The New York Times, NBC News, the Lehrer News Hour, NCC, NPR, The New Yorker and MSNBC.

Widener Law began the John L. Gedid lecture series in April 2007 to honor Professor John L. Gedid, who has been a leading figure on the Harrisburg campus since it opened in 1989. Gedid served as the vice dean for the Harrisburg campus for the first six years of its existence, a role he has again filled for the last two years. A beloved professor and active public servant, he also directs the school’s Law & Government Institute, and he was also recently charged with leading a committee to make recommendations for restructuring operations at the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas.