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After working at a court of common pleas, Harrisburg student Julie Slabinski confirmed her desire to become a lawyer.
Learning and Practicing Business and Corporate Law in the First State
Kristen Swift is committed to learning, understanding, and practicing business and commercial law in Delaware, her home state. Ms. Swift is a third-year student at Widener School of Law and anticipates graduating in May of 2014.
Ms. Swift is the Web Editor of the
Delaware Journal of Corporate Law
. In this newly created board position, Ms. Swift utilizes social media to market the Journal in a variety of web-based mediums, and maintains and updates the content on
. Ms. Swift is honored to have recently been selected as the American Bar Association’s acting Ethics Director for Widener’s Delaware campus, and to have been extended a student membership to the Richard S. Rodney American Inn of Court.
Notably, Ms. Swift was one of five students chosen by Widener Law School's Dean and the Delaware Supreme Court to be a 2013-14
Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellow
. As a Fellow, Ms. Swift is spending her third year of law school performing appellate clerkship duties for the Honorable Justice
Jack B. Jacobs
of the Delaware Supreme Court.
Ms. Swift previously interned for Judge Leonard P. Stark in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, and for Judge Mary Walrath in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Eighty-percent of the District Court's docket is comprised of complex patent litigation. Judge Walrath's docket consists of corporate bankruptcy cases. Through her internships, Ms. Swift gained exposure to these areas of law by researching and drafting opinions and attending hearings.
During her first summer of law school, Ms. Swift studied the principles of microlending in Switzerland with Professor
, and learned core principles of corporate law in Italy under the tutelage of Delaware Supreme Court Justice
Randy J. Holland
. Ms. Swift also clerked at the Department of Justice in Wilmington, Delaware, in the Medicaid Fraud Unit.
“I know I wouldn’t have achieved as much as I have without the support of Widener Law’s amazing professors. When I was writing my note for the Journal, and throughout my job search, the professors provided guidance and support. I also really enjoy all the practical classes Widener offers. Through these classes I’ve had experience drafting business plans, contracts, and corporate bankruptcy pleadings. I’ve also had countless opportunities to get to know the Delaware bench and bar and have met many wonderful attorneys.”
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Swift spent several years managing the social work department in a health care facility. Ms. Swift enjoys spending her free time with her three amazing children and her husband.
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