Law School plans for MLK-inspired programs
Public Relations - Published: January 18, 2013

Paulette Sullivan Moore


Distinguished Professor Michael J. Cozzillio

As the nation observes the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, Jan. 21, Widener Law looks forward to events on both its campuses that will celebrate the image of his legacy in our lives. While the School of Law is closed in honor of the holiday, our community anticipates these events with great enthusiasm and invites all to participate.

The Delaware-campus event will be held Monday, Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom. The school will hear from Paulette Sullivan Moore, vice president of public policy for the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Sullivan Moore is a Delaware native and was the first African American woman to pass the Delaware Bar. She has had a varied career. In addition to her domestic violence work she has served as a litigator for the city of Wilmington, an attorney with the Doroshow, Pasquale law firm, as the recorder of deeds for New Castle County, as a prosecutor for the state of Delaware, as an attorney for New Castle County Council, and as managing attorney and acting deputy director for the Community Legal Aid Society Inc.

She will receive the school’s Martin Luther King Semester of Service Award at the event. The award honors her as someone who has lived Dr. King's dream and manifested in her life's work commitments to community service and social justice.

The Harrisburg-campus event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Pit. The school will hear from Distinguished Professor Michael J. Cozzillio.

Cozzillio will speak about the integration of baseball. His remarks will be based on a previous presentation, which examined the impact that the breaking of the color barrier had on the Negro Leagues, and the extent to which a merger or expansion could have ameliorated the immediate adverse effects on the Negro Leagues and their players. It also explored the long-range impact piecemeal integration has had upon major league baseball as a whole.

Cozzillio joined the faculty at Widener as Associate Professor of Law in 1990. He teaches and writes in the areas of sports law, administrative law, contracts, labor law, and race, gender & sports. He was named outstanding faculty member at Widener University School of Law in 1993, in 1999 with Professor James Diehm, and again in 2008.

You can also watch students from both Delaware and Harrisburg share their thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and King's legacy of service on Widener Law's Youtube channel.