Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus held the third annual Professionalism Day on Thursday, September 17th, offering students a valuable opportunity to learn about life as a legal professional.
The Professionalism Day program excused students from class to attend special sessions aimed at providing them valuable insight about how to be a professional. The events began at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon with a section for 3rd-year regular division students entitled “Making the Transition to Practice.” 2nd-year students in the regular division also had a session from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. entitled “Becoming a Professional.”
Dean of Students Keith E. Sealing
moderated “Making the Transition to Practice,” and the 3rd-year students heard a welcome from Law School Dean Linda L. Ammons
, who told them, “If you are a Widener grad, you’re not going to have a problem.” She also stressed, “Networking is absolutely critical at a time like this,” and noted that having the chance to hear from Widener Law alumni would serve them well. Niki Carter, Esq. ’08 of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, along with Bonnie Hershberger, Esq. ’07 of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and Adam Wolfe, Esq. ’05 of Shollenberger & Januzzi, LLP offered gave a presentation entitled “Your First Year of Practice: Inside the Law Office.” Patti Bednarik, Esq. of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania gave students a look at the how disciplinary board operates, and Patricia Fox, esq., Associate Director of Widener Law’s Legal Information Center, talked about the professional use of social networking sites such as Facebook. Finally, Edward Spreha, Jr., Esq. ’96 of Mancke, Wagner & Spreha gave a presentation entitled “Professional Networking: What is It and How Do You Do It?”
Over in room A180, 2nd-year regular division students heard from Assistant District Attorney of Dauphin County John Baer, Esq. ’05, Jamie McClintock, Esq. ’02 of the Public Utility Commission, and Geoffrey White, Esq. ’06 of McNees Wallace & Nurick on the attributes of a professional. Associate Professor Jill Family
gave a presentation on the proper use of email and other technologies, imploring students, “Don’t be seduced by the informality of the messaging medium,” and to treat such communications as formal. Associate Professor J. Palmer Lockard, II
, who moderated the program, spoke to students about clinics, externships, and honor societies, before turning the program offer to Legal Writing Professors Dionne Anthon
, Amanda Smith
, and Starla Williams
, Associate Professor Jill Family, Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic
Staff Attorney Mary Catherine Scott, Esq. ’94, and Jonathan Chatham, Esq. ’08, Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce Bratton to speak about judicial clerkships.
In the evening, 1st-year students attended a program entitled “Success in Law School” from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in room A180 while 2nd and 3rd-year students in the extended division enjoyed a program entitled “The Balancing Act” in L203. Finally, 4th-year extended division students attended a session in the Sidebar Café from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. entitled “Developing Social Networking Skills.”