The two professors who will be leading Widener Law through the coming academic year have lengthy histories with the school and experience with administrative leadership.
Harrisburg campus Interim Co-Dean Robyn Meadows
has served as vice dean of that campus under Dean Linda L. Ammons for five years, since 2009. Delaware campus Interim Co-Dean Erin Daly
was associate dean for faculty research and development for four years and the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law before being named vice dean of the Delaware campus this fall.
Ammons will retire at the end of this academic year. She has been on sabbatical during the spring semester and Meadows and Daly have led their respective campuses during her absence. Widener University President James T. Harris III announced they will continue in those roles for 2014-15.
“The school could not be in more capable hands,” Ammons said. “These are two legal professionals whose careers have been centered on Widener Law. They know the school and its people, they know the communities and, most importantly, they know legal education.”
Daly joined the Widener faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor. Her legal expertise lies in constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, first amendment, administrative law and human rights. She has directed Widener summer programs in Australia and Italy. She is the author of “Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person,” published in 2012. She co-authored “Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground,” in 2006 with South African scholar Jeremy Sarkin. She has also co-authored “Global Environmental Constitutionalism” with Widener Law Professor James R. May
. It is due out this fall from Cambridge University Press. She holds a law degree from the University of Michigan.
Meadows joined the Widener faculty in 1991 as an assistant professor. Her legal expertise lies in contracts, secured transactions, sales and leases and payment systems. She has directed Widener summer programs in Switzerland, Australia and Italy. Her other past appointments, in addition to teaching, have included serving as associate dean for student affairs and director of bar programs for the Harrisburg campus. She is a presenter on ethics and professionalism for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She has a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law and an LL.M. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.