Former Pennsylvania Governor to Appear on Law & Government Institute Produced In Session
Web Editor - Published: February 17, 2011
RendellOliverPCNOn Sunday, February 20th at 6:00 the Pennsylvania Cable Network will air its monthly Widener Law & Government Institute produced “In Session” judicial roundtable discussion episode, and this month the guest is former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

In the episode, Rendell will discuss his time as a Philadelphia District Attorney and his thoughts on the criminal justice system with Professor Wesley Oliver. They will also discuss the felony murder doctrine, commutation, and Oliver’s theory that the plea bargaining process is underrated.

Ed Rendell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Elected District Attorney of Philadelphia in 1977, Rendell served in that capacity until 1985. In 1991, Rendell was elected the 96th Mayor of Philadelphia. He served two terms as Mayor before serving as the General Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee for a year-and-a-half. In 2002, he won election to become the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania. He left office following his second term on January 18, 2011.

The Widener Law and Government Institute produced panel discussions air the third Sunday of each month as part of the “In Session” series, which is devoted to featuring different aspects of the state’s judicial system. The purpose of the monthly roundtable discussion is to highlight the current topics and issues facing the state’s legal system.

Students at Widener’s Law & Government Institute help produce the monthly panel with Wesley Oliver, Associate Professor of Law at Widener’s Harrisburg campus, serving as the host. Professor Oliver teaches courses on criminal law and criminal procedure as well as constitutional law. He is also an associate director of Widener’s Law & Government Institute.