Widener Law announces alumni awards
Public Relations - Published: December 8, 2011
The Widener University School of Law has announced winners of its 2011 alumni awards, given annually to recognize outstanding leadership, service, and achievement of its graduates. The school has honored its distinguished alumni since 1976. This year’s awards were given Monday, Dec. 5 in the Founders Room of the Union League of Philadelphia.

The Alumnus of the Year Award went to Cary L. Flitter, Esq., of Blue Bell, Pa. The award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who, through service to her or his community or profession, or by honors received, service rendered or other accomplishments, has brought honor, recognition and distinction to the Widener University School of Law. Flitter graduated from the school’s Delaware campus in 1981. He is a partner at Lundy, Flitter, Beldecos & Berger, P.C. in suburban Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

Flitter is a member of the adjunct faculties both at Widener Law and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. He has guest lectured on consumer law issues at Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and others. Flitter is an accomplished scholar, contributing to the treatise “Pennsylvania Consumer Law” and contributing to “Consumer Class Actions” fifth edition published by the National Consumer Law Center. He frequently lectures around the country on matters of consumer credit, fair credit reporting and fair debt collection practices.

Flitter was among the attorneys on a class-action case who helped negotiate a settlement that led to a donation of more than $200,000 to Widener Law earlier this year. The case involved automobile financing practices, and Flitter helped craft language in the agreement which called for any undistributed money – such as settlement checks to class members that went uncashed – to be distributed between Widener Law and two other schools. It was the fourth such gift related to a settlement that his firm had contributed to Widener.

The Outstanding Service Award went to Lawrence E. Tan, of Newark, Del. The service award is given for outstanding alumni service to the law school as a whole, to a particular concentration within the school, or to the legal profession.

Tan graduated from Widener’s Delaware campus in 2007 and he works as chief of emergency medical services for the New Castle County, Del. Department of Public Safety.

Tan has taught a seminar on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act at a law school healthcare compliance certification course. He has also been an active volunteer with the Wills For Heroes program, a free end-of-life-document planning service for first responders made possible in Delaware through Widener Law. He is a tireless, decorated, professional leader in the emergency medical services community. His service and experience have crossed federal, state and local lines, involving everything from acting as the EMS incident commander on medical coverage for the whistle-stop train tour in Wilmington during the inauguration of President Obama, to guiding the New Castle County Paramedic Service to national accreditation.

The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award went to Brandon J. Pierce of Harrisburg, Pa. The award recognizes work by a recent graduate who shows energy and dedication as a community leader or provides invaluable service to the Widener University School of Law.

Pierce is a 2009 graduate of the law school’s Harrisburg, Pa. campus. He works as a judicial law clerk to Judge John W. Thompson Jr. in the York County Court of Common Pleas in York, Pa.

He also volunteers as the editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental & Energy Law Section’s quarterly newsletter, a position he came to through his connection with Widener Distinguished Professor John C. Dernbach, director of the school’s Environmental Law Center. Pierce breathed new life into the defunct publication, which is now distributed to more than 450 attorneys. He has also helped to secure funding to hire Widener Law students for the newsletter staff. In addition, Pierce has been a member of the Widener Golf Outing committee since he was a law student. The event raises money for scholarships.