Widener Law adds new director of LL.M. programs
Public Relations - Published: January 6, 2014
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Rebecca Walker

Widener Law is pleased to announce alumna Rebecca Walker has joined the staff of the school’s graduate programs department based on the campus in Wilmington, Del.

Walker, who earned her J.D. degree in 2004, is a member of the Delaware House of Representatives where she is chair of the House Judiciary Committee and vice chair of the House Health and Human Development Committee. Prior to being elected to office, Walker practiced in health care litigation in Philadelphia. She also holds a master’s of science degree in nursing and works part time as a staff nurse in the emergency department at Christiana Hospital near Newark, Del.

Her new position as director of LL.M. and graduate programs will involve growing Widener’s LL.M. program. The school offers the degree, known as a master of laws and typically sought by professionals who already have a traditional law degree, in health law and Delaware corporate and business law. There is also a general LL.M. with concentrations in American legal studies, criminal law and environmental law. The degree is popular with international students and courses are available online.

“Rebecca’s background in curriculum development and outcomes research is a tremendous asset to this position,” said Eileen Grena-Piretti, assistant dean and executive director of institutes. “She is a well-connected Delaware professional who is ready to help us raise the profile of these quality programs. We are thrilled she has joined our team.”

Walker said she is excited about the new position and her goal is to grow the programs, particularly in the international arena. She is already working on a bridge program for non-native English speakers, to help them meet language requirements in anticipation of enrollment in the LL.M. program.

“Widener is uniquely positioned in the corporate capital of the United States,” Walker said. “I look forward to serving as an ambassador for the school’s programs as we develop relationships at home and abroad with people who want to take advantage of the incredible opportunities Widener offers. As an alumna, I can speak from experience when I talk about the excellent education our students receive.”

Walker knows the importance of education and is one course from her dissertation for a Ph.D. in nursing and health policy research from the Medical University of South Carolina. Keeping her ties to healthcare strong, she is also a trustee of the Christiana Care Health System.

The mother of three has two high-school age sons and an adult daughter. She lives in Townsend, Del. She began her position at the law school in mid-November, although she has taught courses to international LL.M. students since August in critical legal writing and research, and introduction to U.S. law.