Widener Law dean names four new distinguished professors
Public Relations - Published: November 1, 2011
Widener University School of Law Dean Linda L. Ammons announced she has appointed four faculty members with the title “distinguished professor of law.” This is one of the highest titles bestowed to a full-time faculty member.

The honor was given to Professors Louise Lark Hill, David R. Hodas and Alan E. Garfield, who teach on Widener’s Delaware campus, and Professor Michael J. Cozzillio, who teaches on the school’s Harrisburg campus. They were among a pool recommended for the distinction by their faculty peers. The dean made the final selections.

“These professors are outstanding teachers and respected scholars. It gives me great pleasure to recognize them in this way,” Ammons said. “They truly are distinguished professors of law and their contributions enrich the high-quality education we provide at Widener Law.”

The title comes with a three-year term. To be eligible for the honor, the recipients had to have achieved national recognition for scholarly research, been clearly identified by students or colleagues as outstanding teachers and contributed significant public or professional service in accord with their academic discipline.

The four join Distinguished Professors John C. Dernbach of the school’s Harrisburg campus and Jean M. Eggen of the Delaware campus, who already carry the distinguished title.

Hill joined the Widener Law faculty in 1987. She teaches and writes in the areas of commercial law, professional responsibility and wills & trusts. She is a respected faculty expert on the ethics of lawyering, and in 2010 she authored an article on emerging technology and client confidentiality, published in the Boston University Journal of Science and Technology. This year she published an article on the relationship between privacy, policy and privilege for the Northwest Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Hodas teaches and writes in the areas of climate change, environmental, energy, administrative, and constitutional law. He chairs the Delaware Governor’s Energy Advisory Council, and is an editor of national and international environmental law journals; he recently completed a two-year term on the governing board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, as the internationally elected North American board member. He is regularly invited to speak, lecture and present papers at conferences and law schools around the world. He co-authored “Climate Change Law: Mitigation and Adaptation.” Hodas joined the Widener Law faculty in 1989, and founded the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic that year.

Garfield joined the Widener Law faculty in 1986. He writes and teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Copyright and Contracts. Garfield writes the monthly column “Bench Press” for The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. where he writes about constitutional issues in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. He founded the law school’s Constitution Day online essay project in 2006 and is a widely quoted legal expert on free speech and other constitutional law issues.

Cozzillio teaches and writes in the areas of sports law, administrative law, contracts, labor law, and race, gender and sports. He joined the law faculty in 1990. He co-authored the books “Sports and Inequality” and “Sports Law, Cases and Materials” and is working on another book about strikes, which is expected in the summer of 2012. Cozzillio has chaired the Harrisburg campus Affirmative Action Committee and played a pivotal role in annual Dean’s Leadership Forum on Diversity events that have focused on diversity in sports, business, government and education.

View videos of some of the distinguished professors talking about what the recognition means to them on the Widener Law Youtube channel.