International students inaugurate summer program on the Delaware campus
Public Relations - Published: July 14, 2010
A new Delaware campus summer program has brought six foreign students to Widener Law, where they have benefitted from the school’s specialties, location and connections.

“The Widener Summer Law Program in U.S. Corporate Law” attracted five students from Russia and one from England. Open to foreign attorneys and law students, the certificate program is designed to educate participants in U.S. and Delaware corporate law.

The three-week program has involved daily coursework and several excursions. Students have also met with local legal professionals from law firms and companies like DuPont. The class began June 28 and the students will depart for home on Friday, July 16. They have resided in Concord Hall during their stay.

Widener Associate Professor Paul Regan, the acting director of Widener’s Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, has taught the class. Guest lecturers have included Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr. of the renowned Delaware Court of Chancery, who worked with the students from the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, Widener Law Associate Professors Nicholas A. Mirkay III, Michael J. Hussey, and Edward K. Osei, and attorney Randall Herndon of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

Day trips have included outings to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the United Nations in New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The class also had a personal meeting with Michael J. Mangan, deputy counsel to Vice President Joe Biden, while in Washington. Biden was a long-time Widener Law adjunct faculty member before his election to the vice presidency.

The summer program was launched by Anthony P. Doyle, assistant dean for education services and director of graduate and international legal education, with support from the law school’s Executive Director of Institutes Eileen A. Grena-Piretti.

Regan coordinated the guest lecturers; Doyle arranged the class field trips and escorted the students on the outings.

“This program is a great fit for Widener Law,” Doyle said. “The students get to come and study through our distinguished institute in the corporate law capital of the United States, and we are an easy drive to areas of major interest, particularly the nation’s capital. Vice President Biden’s counsel’s office was also extraordinarily accommodating, which added a great deal to the students’ experience. I think they have all learned a lot about the law and have had a terrific time exploring our cities and meeting our people.”