Friday, January 18, 2019

In the News:

Letter to the Editor: It’s time to ban polystyrene
Delaware County Daily Times
January 16, 2019
This letter to the editor calls for a ban on polystyrene foam and references the art installation on the Walnut Street bridge led by Adjunct Professor Sarah Heyward.

Words Matter at Michigan State
Inside Higher Ed
January 17, 2019
An article about the resignation of Michigan State interim president John Engler quotes Brian Tierney, a Widener board of trustee member and CEO of Brian Communications.

Trump’s Supreme Court Picks Could Trip Up Immigration Agenda
Bloomberg Law News
January 17, 2019
Article quotes Jill Family, professor of law and government at Commonwealth Law.

What Makes Us Tick? series to screen films Jan. 18-20
Cape Gazette
January 17, 2019
Carolyn Walter, professor emerita of the Center for Social Work Education, contributed to the film series What Makes Us Tick?, an annual and analytical film and discussion series explores aspects of the human condition.

DELAWARE SUPREME COURT: Delaware Supreme Court names Luke W. Mette as Chief Disciplinary Counsel
Legal News Line
January 17, 2019
Luke W. Mette, an adjunct professor at Delaware Law School, has been named Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Delaware Supreme Court.

Community Briefs: Souper Bowl of Caring kicks off this Sunday in Springfield
Delaware County Daily Times
January 17, 2019
Commonwealth Law Professor and Scholar in Residence Don Brown will speak at a hearing to discuss the impact of methane leakage from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry on climate change.

Chester’s mayor responds to Widener’s letter with his own letter
Chester Matters Blog
January 18, 2019
Coverage of Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland’s opinion piece about the parking dispute with Widener in yesterday’s Delaware County Daily Times.

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Moot Court Practice; 12 – a p.m.; L201
  • Trial Ad/ATLAC Practice; 6 – 10 p.m.; L205

Events on Main Campus This Weekend:

  • VEX Robotics Competition; Sunday @ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Schwartz Athletic Center
  • Hoops from the Heart Clinic; Monday @ 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Schwartz Athletic Center
  • We’re All Widener! “Common Ground” Dialogue; Monday @ 12 – 1 p.m.; University Center Room C
  • MLK Day Fair; Monday @ 1 – 4 p.m.; University Center Atrium

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus on Sunday:

  • Trial Ad/ATLAC Practice; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; L205
  • Trial Ad Honor Society/National Competition Practice; 12 – 7 p.m.; A170

Thursday, January 17, 2019

In the News:

The Family’s Hero
Chester Spirit
January 16, 2019
Nine-year old Cayla Davis-Clark, a fourth grader at Widener Partnership Charter School, is credited with quick thinking that saved her grandmother’s life after she suffered a brain aneurysm. This story is also featured in the Delaware County Daily Times.

MacKenzie Bezos Is Legally Entitled to Half of the $140 Billion Amazon Fortune
Slate
January 16, 2018
Delaware Law Professor John Culhane, co-director of the Family Health Law & Policy Institute, explains why the divorce settlement between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos may be down the middle due to the community property approach outlined in Washington’s divorce law.

Letter to the Editor: Chester mayor responds to Widener parking dispute
Delaware County Daily Times
January 17, 2019
Thaddeus Kirkland, Mayor of the City of Chester, authored this op-ed to describe the disagreement over parking policy with Widener from the city’s perspective.

OnlineMasters.com Names Top Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019
Markets Insider
January 17, 2019
Featured in more than 50 news outlets is the Best Online Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019 which ranks Widener’s online master’s of social work program at 34 out of 45 programs in the nation.

Editorial: Chester turns to artificial intelligence in new safety push
Delaware County Daily Times
January 17, 2019
An article about a new tech startup called Kognition, which uses artificial intelligence to boost security, references a partnership between Widener and the City of Chester that installed security cameras around campus.

Translating Economics for Immigration Policy
JOTWELL – Journal of Things We Like (Lots)
January 17, 2019
Commonwealth Professor of Law and Government Jill Family contributed an article examining Howard F. Chang’s The Economics of Immigration Reform and the importance of connecting disciplines.

Delco’s December Top Ten
Destination Delco
The Destination Delco Tourism Bureau featured the stargazing event hosted by the Widener Observatory in the December edition of Top Ten Things to See & Do in Delaware County.

Alumni News:

Bradford County: Salsman campaigning to become next DA
Morning Times
January 17,2019
Widener Law School graduate Chad Salsman is running for the district attorney’s seat of Bradford County.

Athletic Updates:

Events on Main Campus:

  • Student Involvement Fair; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; University Center Atrium

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Admin Meeting; 10 – 11 a.m.; DCR
  • Christian Legal Society/Bible Study; 12 – 1 p.m.; Conference Room 5
  • Property Review with Prof. Dernbach; 12 – 3 p.m.; L204
  • Moot Court Practice; 5 – 6 p.m.; L201
  • Trial Ad Honor Society/National Competition Practice; 6 – 11:30 p.m.; A180
  • VITA Training; 6 – 9 p.m.; L206

Events on Delaware Law Campus today:

  • Faculty Meeting; 12 – 2 p.m.; Barristers’ Club

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In the News:

Investing in Cross-Sector Networks to Build a Trauma-Informed Region
Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities
January 15, 2019
This article highlights the Center for Social Work Education‘s collaboration with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, an organization that funds and supports cross-sector networks to help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty. Margo Campbell, assistant professor and director of the bachelor’s in social work program, is featured and talks about Widener and United Way’s work to develop an assessment tool for organizations to reflect and report on their use of trauma-informed practice.

Alumni News:

Attorney Bob Manzi running for Indiana County D.A.
Trib Live
January 14, 2019
Widener Law graduate Bob Manzi will seek the Republican nomination for Indiana County District Attorney.

Chambersburg attorney seeks to unseat two-term MDJ
Public Opinion Online
January 15, 2019
Kristin Diller Nicklas, a Widener Law alum, entered the race for the magisterial district judgeship in the northwest portion of Franklin County.

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • SBA/President’s Meeting & Spring Event Scheduling; 1:30 – 2 p.m.; L206
  • Pardon Project; 2 – 5 p.m.; Flex Room
  • Trial Ad Honor Society/National Competition Practice; 6 – 11:30 p.m.; A180

Events on Main Campus today:

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Arcadia; 6 p.m.; Home
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Arcadia; 8 p.m.; Home

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

In the News:

Tonie Leatherberry Named Chair of The Executive Leadership Council
Black Enterprise
January 14, 2019
Widener Board of Trustee member Tonie Leatherberry, principal at Deloitte & Touche L.L.P. and president of the Deloitte Foundation, was named Chair of the Executive Leadership Council. The Council’s mission is to support the development of global black leaders. This announcement was picked up by nearly 100 community news and broadcast outlets.

Del. Equal Rights Amendment, Nearing Passage, Likely To See Court Challenges
Delaware Law Weekly
January 14, 2019
Delaware Law Dean and Professor Rodney A. Smolla is quoted about the Delaware Equal Rights Act vote in the State House of Representatives, which was sent favorably to the Senate who is expected to vote on it this week.

Widener University and City of Chester locked in court battle over parking meters
Penn Record
January 14, 2019
The article outlines the ongoing lawsuit filed by Widener against the City of Chester seeking an injunction against the installation and enforcement of parking meters on campus. The Chester Matters Blog also covered this topic.

Updated Schedule: Harrisburg University Distinguished Speaker Series On Climate Disruption, Sustainable Development
PA Environment Digest Blog
January 14, 2019
Donald Brown, scholar in residence and professor of sustainability ethics and law at Widener Commonwealth Law, will speak on Jan. 18 about the six things that citizens around the world urgently need to understand about climate change in light of the most recent climate change science.

Methane, Climate Change Public Hearing Is Jan. 24 in Havertown
Targeted News Service
January 14, 2019
Widener Commonwealth Law Professor Donald Brown will testify at the PA House Democratic Policy Committee on Jan. 24 to discuss the impact of methane leakage from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry on climate change.

Athletic Updates:

Events on Main Campus today:

  • Transfer to Nursing Virtual Information Session; 5 – 6 p.m.; Click the link to attend
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Arcadia; 6 p.m.; Home
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Arcadia; 8 p.m.; Home

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Bar Committee Meeting; 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.; Flex Room
  • Contracts Exam Review with Prof. Meadows; 3:30 – 5 p.m.; L204

Monday, January 14, 2019

In the News:

Elizabethtown College appoints new president
Penn Live
January 11, 2019
Former executive director in the office of the president and a member of the president’s executive team at Widener, Cecilia M. McCormick, was named the 15th president of Elizabethtown College making her the first woman to lead the college in its 120-year history. This news was also shared in Lancaster Online and Central Penn Business Journal.

Ipse Dixit Podcast
January 11, 2019
John Culhane, professor of law and co-director of the Family Health Law and Policy Institute at Delaware Law School reflects on the inherent tension between the values of freedom of expression and anti-discrimination.

France 24 (no link available)
January 11, 2019
Delaware Law Professor of Law John Culhane spoke on France 24 about the government shutdown.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is just the latest master of the universe to have life exposed
USA Today
January 12, 2019
Following the news of Jeff Bezos’ divorce, Rem Rieder, an adjunct professor and former USA TODAY media columnist, is quoted saying while the coverage is unfortunate, he does not believe it will impact business at Amazon or The Washington Post. This story was picked up in a number of other outlets including the Herald Mail Media.

By the numbers: Penn State athletes No. 1 in Pennsylvania for economic impact
Pennsylvania Watch Dog
January 13, 2019
The Widener athletics program is listed as one of Pennsylvania’s 133 schools with money-generating sports programs.

Letter to the Editor: Widener corrects record on city parking wars
Delaware County Daily Times
January 14, 2019
Letter to the editor by Associate Vice President Greg Potter outlining the university’s attempts to resolve the parking meter proposal in advance of pursuing legal action. This letter was written in response to a recent editorial that contained incorrect details about the university’s communication efforts with the City of Chester.

Alumni News:

Councilman looks to serve 4 more years
Easton Express Times
January 12, 2019
Eric Dowdle, a Widener Law graduate and Lehigh Valley attorney, joined the race for the open Lehigh County judge seat.

Athletic Updates:

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Head Start/Outside Group; 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; A180
  • VITA Training; 6 – 8 p.m.; Wireless Lab

Friday, January 11, 2019

In the News:

NBC10
January 11, 2019
Coverage of the injunction set on Wednesday by a Delaware County judge temporarily halting the installation of parking meters on Widener’s campus.

Alumni News:

Attorney Eric Dowdle to announce run for Lehigh County judge
Lehigh Valley Live
January 9, 2019
Eric Dowdle, a Lehigh Valley attorney and Widener Law alum, plans to formally announce his candidacy for Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas judge on Jan. 15. WFMZ-TV also covered this story.

Law notes: Delaware firms announce partnerships, chairmanships
Delaware Business Now
January 10, 2019
Widener Law graduate Aaron M. Shapiro was elected partner at Connolly Gallagher LLP in Wilmington.

Press Release:

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Student Veteran Social; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Johnson Residence
  • Trial Ad/ATLAC Practice; 6 – 10 p.m.; L205

Thursday, January 10, 2019

In the News:

Judge orders a temporary halt to Chester’s plans to place parking meters at Widener University
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 9, 2019
A Delaware County judge on Wednesday ordered the City of Chester to temporarily halt its plan to install parking meters on the sidewalks at Widener. The injunction is in effect while the university’s lawsuit against the city continues. This news also appeared in the Delaware County Daily Times and the Chester Matters Blog.

Boundaries Between Work and Home
Academic Minute
January 10, 2019
Donna McCloskey, associate professor in the School of Business Administration, explores how to set boundaries between work and home.

Gov. Wolf stands against proposed Title IX changes
WHYY
January 10, 2019
Gov. Tom Wolf announced that roughly $1 million dollars is going out to 38 colleges around the Commonwealth, including Widener, to fund efforts against campus sexual assault. PennLive, Penn Watch, PA Homepage, and NBC 6 WJAC covered this announcement as well.

Alumni News:

DiGregory sworn in as Kent’s chief prosecutor
Kent County News
January 8, 2019
Bryan DiGregory is a graduate of Delaware Law School.

Tune in Today:

  • Professor Emeritus Tom Reed will be a guest on Del-AWARE on WDEL news radio on today at 11:05 a.m. talking about federal powers that can be used by the president to declare a state of emergency.

Homepage Feature Story:

Events on Main Campus today:

  • Graduate Studies & Extended Learning Extended Office Hours; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Kapelski LC1

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Trial Ad Honor Society/National Competition Practice; 6 – 11:30 p.m.; A180
  • VITA Training; 6 – 9 p.m.; L206

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

In the News:

Don’t Be a Prisoner of Your Past: Attachment and Memory
Psychology Today
January 6, 2019
An op-ed written by Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Oskin Leadership Institute Hal Shorey outlines how the way in which individuals navigate the world and relationships is largely influenced by past experiences and memory. This op-ed also ran in the Khaleej Times.

Sussex Tech eyes expansion, higher vo-tech focus and more transparent policies
The News Journal
January 9, 2019
This article references the partnership between Sussex Tech and Widener that provides college-level courses for upperclassmen.

Why Johnson & Johnson May Not Have to Pay Its $4.7 Billion Court Verdict
Bloomberg
January 9, 2019
Delaware Law’s Distinguished Emerita Professor of Law Jean Eggen is quoted explaining that its not uncommon for judges to reduce enormous verdicts such as the $4.7 billion jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson. This article also appeared in Yahoo!Finance.

Athletic Updates:

Events on Main Campus today:

  • Graduate Studies & Extended Learning Extended Office Hours; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Kapelski LC1
  • Online chat for prospective undergraduate students; 7 – 8 p.m.; Click here to chat

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Trial Ad Honor Society/National Competition Practice; 6 – 11 p.m.; A180

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In the News:

7 expenses to cut from your budget in 2019
Chicago Sun Times
January 7, 2019
This article is re-purposed from a NerdWallet story that ran in December featuring Ross Steinman, professor of psychology. Steinman, an expert in consumer psychology, shares tips on how to save money in the new year.

Widener pushing back as Chester installs parking meters on campus
WHYY
January 7, 2019
Coverage of the complaint that Widener filed against the City of Chester requesting an injunction against the installation of parking meters on campus. This news is also featured in the Chester Matters Blog and iRadioPhilly.

Alumni News:

Who’s News: Lancaster County hirings and promotions
Lancaster Online
January 7, 2019
Gibbel Kraybill & Hess promoted Ann L. Martin, a Commonwealth Law graduate, to the role of associate attorney.

Athletic Update:

Events on Main Campus today:

  • Graduate Studies & Extended Learning Extended Office Hours; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Kapelski LC1
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Middlebury; 7 p.m.; Home

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Pre-semester Course/Pro Bono Practice: Elder Justice; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; L205
  • Joint Inn of Court; 5 – 8 p.m.; The Gallery

Monday, January 7, 2019

In the News:

New Member: Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University
Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
January 3, 2019
The Wolfgram Memorial Library was recently accepted as the fortieth member of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). This article quotes Deb Morley, director of the Wolfgram Memorial Library, and Jill Borin, university archivist.

Widener sues Chester over installation of 1,200 ‘illegal’ city parking meters
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 2019
Widener filed a lawsuit last Wednesday in Delaware County Court against the City of Chester’s new comprehensive parking plan that will install about 1,200 parking meters on campus. NBC10, CBS3 and CW Philly 57 also covered the story.

Christiana Care asks judge to toss out lawsuit claiming kickbacks
Delaware News Journal
January 4, 2019
Delaware Law’s Larry Hamermesh, emeritus professor of law, comments on the request to throw out a lawsuit by the former compliance chief of Christiana Care claiming that the health system funneled Medicaid payments to independent doctors in exchange for lucrative patient referrals.

A Grindr harassment suit could change the legal landscape for tech — and free speech
NBC News
January 5, 2019
Christopher Robinette, a law professor at Widener Commonwealth Law who specializes in products liability law, is quoted on a lawsuit filed against the dating app Grindr arguing that the tech company should face greater accountability for what happens on its platform, including harassment through fake profiles.

Chester County DA names former federal prosecutor to beef up pipeline probe
WHYY
January 5, 2019
Article quotes John Dernbach, a professor of environmental law at Widener Commonwealth Law, following an announcement from the Chester County’s District Attorney naming a former federal prosecutor with experience in environmental law to work on a criminal investigation into Sunoco’s controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline.

Athletic Updates:

Events on Commonwealth Law Campus today:

  • Pre-semester Course/Government Contracting; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; L205
  • VLA Meeting; 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Flex Room