Busy Summer Season at Widener Law Comes to Close
Web Editor - Published: August 28, 2011
CourthouseSkyThe beginning of the fall semester marks the close of a busy summer at Widener Law that saw a number of renovations take place on the Delaware campus. In addition, faculty members shared their expertise at a wide range of speaking engagements and the Widener Law Summer Abroad programs offered unique learning opportunities.

For those who were away during the summer months, here is a look back at some of the great things that happened this summer.

In early June, Widener Law hosted the JURIST Academy program to offer promising undergraduates students from diverse backgrounds a taste of law school. This year, the program expanded to the Harrisburg campus. Participating students on both campuses enjoyed a wide range of activities, including hearing from Widener Law graduates, practicing lawyers from prominent local firms, and on other prominent legal figures.

Also in June, the National Judicial College returned to the Delaware campus for an Advanced Administrative Law Seminar.

New faculty appointments for the upcoming year were also announced at the end of June.

Returning Professors Larry Hamermesh and Geoff Moulton shared their experiences during their leaves of absence; Professor Hamermesh at the Securities and Exchange Commission and Professor Moulton as General Counsel for Senator Ted Kaufman.

Renovation projects on the Delaware campus saw improvements made to Polishook Hall and the Concord Hall dormitory, and the Crown Court snack bar and the Mail Room traded places with improvements made to both locations. A project to create additional parking spaces closer to the Main Law building also began at the end of July.

With the Summer Abroad programs in full swing, Harrisburg Dean of Students Keith E. Sealing shared some of his wonderful photographs from Kenya, Harrisburg Vice Dean Robyn Meadows shared her thoughts on Venice, and Associate Professor Randle Pollard wrote about the Sydney program.

Associate Professor Thaddeus Pope also visited Australia to speak at the 2011 Australasian Conference of Bioethics and Health Law, while H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law Erin Daly wrote about an important decision in an Ecuadorian court that recognized that Nature itself has enforceable rights.

With the beginning of their law school careers rapidly approaching, incoming Harrisburg students had the opportunity to get together at a Harrisburg Senators game, while incoming Delaware students enjoyed a Wilmington Blue Rocks game.

August also saw the release of “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA,” a report from the National Research Council that Distinguished Professor John Dernbach contributed to. Professor John Caposwki also shared some information about his July trip to Beijing for the Third International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science.

Associate Professor Jill Family offered her observations on the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates adoption of a resolution that she worked on as Chair of the Immigration Committee of the Administrative Law Section. Keith Sealing spoke at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Examiners about his experiences working with Millennials.

Many Widener Law alumni were honored as “Top Lawyers” by Main Line Today magazine on its 2011 list.

Finally, Widener Law welcomed new students with Welcome to the Profession events that kicked off orientation just ahead of the start of the fall semester.