Harrisburg professor offers insight into historic Pennsylvania court development
Public Relations - Published: September 12, 2011
gedidtv300pxAs Pennsylvanians prepare for televised oral arguments before the state Supreme Court, broadcasting officials have turned to Widener Law for perspective on the historic development.

Law Professor John L. Gedid, director of the school’s Harrisburg campus-based Law & Government Institute, will be featured on a Pennsylvania Cable Network program the night before the court’s first argument airs on PCN. Gedid will be joined by Ken Gormley, dean of Duquesne University School of Law for the show broadcasting Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Their appearance will follow a one-on-one interview with Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, set to air that same evening at 6 p.m.

“This is an opportunity to see the law in action,” Gedid said. “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court hears appeals of important cases that have an impact on every Pennsylvanian. These arguments will interest every citizen.”

Under an agreement announced in August, PCN will begin broadcasting gavel-to-gavel coverage of the court’s oral arguments. The first coverage will air on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., and it will be shot in a location befitting the monumental occasion.

The court has elected to conduct the first day of the September session in the historic Supreme Court chamber in the Old City Hall at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park. This decision also allows the court to commemorate Constitution Week, which runs Sept. 12-17. Six arguments are scheduled and they typically take between 20 and 30 minutes each.

“This is an historic event for several reasons,” Gedid said. “We celebrate the founding of our country with a broadcast from Constitution Hall of arguments before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which was established in 1722. That makes it the oldest court in the United States.”

Gedid has extensive experience working with PCN. The Law & Government Institute he directs produces a monthly “In Session” episode for the network during the academic year. The show, hosted by Associate Professor Wesley M. Oliver, will debut for the fall season on Sunday, Sept. 18. The episode will examine Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law.

Gedid teaches administrative law, Pennsylvania administrative law, contracts, sales, conflict of laws, and state constitutional law. An elected member of the American Law Institute and a Pennsylvania Commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission, he founded the Law & Government Institute in 2000. It is one of Widener’s signature programs.

Visit pcntv.com to find the PCN channel in your area.