Widener Law to host daylong program on municipal financial distress
Public Relations - Published: February 4, 2014
The Widener Law Harrisburg campus and its student-run Widener Law Journal will host a daylong conference this spring that explores the issue of municipal financial distress.

The Monday, April 14 event, “Bankruptcy and Beyond: Solving the Problem of Municipal Financial Distress” will feature several panel discussions on this timely topic that has been the focus of national attention.


Harrisburg is on its way to recovery after operating in receivership for more than two years and Detroit recently filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in history. In addition, 21 Pennsylvania cities are in Act 47, the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act program.

“This is a financial problem of enormous importance,” said Professor Juliet M. Moringiello, who specializes in bankruptcy law and who is spearheading the program. “This conference will provide a unique opportunity for nationally recognized scholars in a variety of areas related to municipal financial distress to exchange ideas with professionals involved in Harrisburg’s recovery.”

“As the only law school in Harrisburg, Widener is well-positioned to host this forum. We look forward to providing a day of thoughtful, intelligent conversation,” Moringiello added.

General William Lynch, receiver for the city of Harrisburg, will serve as the event keynote speaker. Attorney David Unkovic, the first receiver for Harrisburg, will also attend and speak.

Delaware and Pennsylvania attorneys who attend the event will be eligible for six continuing legal education credits. The cost to attend for credits is $150 or $125 for alumni and government attorneys. It includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, or to register, contact Sandra Graeff at 717.541.3965 or slgraeff@widener.edu.

The program will be held in room A180 of the school administration building at 3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg.