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Widener Law Journal Administrative Board, Volume 24 (2014-2015)

February 24th, 2014 No comments

The Widener Law Journal is proud to announce the Administrative Board for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Editor-in-Chief: Richard Rinaldi

Executive Managing Editor: Johelys Cecala

Internal Managing Editor: Ryan Gonder

Business/External Managing Editor: Olivia Unger

Pennsylvania Law & Symposium Editor: Melissa Toaltoan

Internal Supervising Editors: Elizabeth Decastro & Molly Zarefoss

The Journal is excited to have such a talented and dedicated group to lead the Journal in its 24th year of publishing!

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Widener Law Journal Hosts Annual Spring Symposium

January 27th, 2014 No comments

Monday, April 14, 2014; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Harrisburg Campus

Bankruptcy and Beyond: Solving the Problem of Municipal Financial Distress


Municipal financial distress is a problem of enormous importance both nationally and in Pennsylvania. Detroit recently filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in history, 21 cities in Pennsylvania are in Act 47, the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act program, and Harrisburg is on its way to recovery after operating in receivership for over two years. This Symposium, presented by the Widener Law Journal of Widener University School of Law’s Harrisburg Campus, will explore the causes of municipal distress and approaches to alleviating the problem. Reducing existing debt is not enough; policymakers must think creatively about municipal structure, finance, and expenditures. The invited speakers include experts in state and local government law, municipal finance and tax issues, public pensions, and Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  The Symposium 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. Six CLE credits will be available for Pennsylvania and Delaware lawyers.


Keynote Speaker: General William Lynch, Receiver for the City of Harrisburg




•Michelle Wilde Anderson, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

•Hon. Thomas Bennett, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Alabama

•Christine Sgarlata Chung, Albany Law School

•Hon. Mary D. France, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

•Mark Kaufman, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

•Juliet M. Moringiello, Widener University School of Law

•Matthew Parlow, Marquette University School of Law

•Randle Pollard, Indiana University Kelley School of Business

•Scott Pryor, Regent University School of Law

•Frank H. Shafroth, George Mason University

•David A. Skeel, University of Pennsylvania School of Law

•David Thornburgh, University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government

•David Unkovic, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC





Contact: Sandy Graeff ∙ 717 541-3965 ∙

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Widener Law Journal Volume 23 2013-2014 Members

August 6th, 2013 No comments


Widener Law Journal

Volume 23

Administrative Board
Katherine Riggleman-Thomas


Camille Howlett

Executive Managing Editor

Lara Antonuk
Internal Managing Editor

Meredith DeMark
Business/External Managing Editor

Jennifer Robinson
Pennsylvania Law Editor

Mitchell Jones
Symposium Editor

Jerika Cummiskey

Thomas Gallagher

Kate Nixon
Internal Supervising Editors

Senior Staff
Matthew Androsky

Timothy Bishop

Patrick Erne

Philip McCarthy

Nicholas Peters

Andrew Race

Langdon Ramsburg

Survey Staff

Talia Danon

Shane Heberling

Associate Staff

 Kacy Catalano

Johelys Cecala

Martha Decastro

Ryan Gonder

Nikki Harrison

Anthony Holbert

Jordan Marzzacco

Travis Petty

Richard Rinaldi

Melissa Toaltoan

Olivia Unger

Molly Zarefoss

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Widener Law Journal Administrative Board, Volume 23 (2013-2014)

The Widener Law Journal is proud to announce the Administrative Board for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Editor-in-Chief: Katherine Riggleman-Thomas

Executive Managing Editor: Camille Howlett

Internal Managing Editor: Lara Antonuk

Business/External Managing Editor: Meredith DeMark

Symposium Editor: Mitchell Jones

Pennsylvania Law Editor: Jennifer Robinson

Internal Supervising Editors: Thomas Gallagher and Jerika Cummiskey

The Journal is excited to have such a talented and dedicated group to lead the Journal in its 23rd year of publishing!

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Legislative Reapportionment

February 25th, 2011 No comments

On January 26, 2011, the Legislative Reapportionment Committee, chaired by John Gedid, Esq., conducted hearings at Widener’s Harrisburg campus pertaining to addressing issues with past redistricting and considering the possibility of an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. After the invited speakers gave presentations, audience members were offered a chance to briefly address the Committee. The first person to speak was Joseph Holaska, a 3RD student and an Internal Editor for the Widener Law Journal. Joseph recently completed a Directed Research paper with Widener Law Journal Faculty Advisor Michael Dimino recommending potential changes to the Pennsylvania Constitution to address redistricting issues. He summarized his paper’s conclusions to the committee, suggesting that they look at certain other states’ practices for guidance. After he spoke, Gedid requested that he make his paper available to the Committee for their review.

Symposium: Model State Administrative Procedure Act

February 25th, 2011 No comments

On Monday, November 8th, the Widener Law Journal, in cooperation with the Law & Government Instituted, hosted a distinguished panel of speakers at a symposium entitled “Modernizing Agency Practice: The 2010 Model State Administrative Procedure Act.” Organized by Symposium editor Curtis Erwin, the event drew a sizable audience to hear from a range of noted administrative law experts, including several who worked on the 2010 Model State Administrative Procedure Act.

Speakers at the symposium included UCLA Professor Emeritus and Stanford Law School Visiting Professor Emeritus Michael Asimow; Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law Ronald Levin, who served as ABA Advisor to the Drafting Committee to Revise the Model State Administrative Procedure Act; Baylor Law School Professor Ron Beal; Emeritus Professor of Law William Andersen of the University of Washington School of Law; Rutgers School of Law Professor and Herbert Hannoch Scholar Bernard W. Bell; Pepperdine University School of Law Professor Gregory L. Ogden, who served as the committee’s reporter from 2006 until the conclusion of the project; and Widener Law Professor and Director of the Law & Government Institute John L. Gedid, who served as the committee’s reporter from 2003 until 2006 and then as a commissioner.

All journal members attended the symposium and assisted the speakers by providing administrative support in addition to participating in the panel discussions and question and answer sessions. The Widener Law Journal will be publishing all of the articles based on the symposium in the upcoming volumes.

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Relay for Life

February 14th, 2011 No comments

The Widener Law Journal sponsored a team at the Annual Relay for Life held on October 16, 2010. The journal’s theme this year was “Tackling Cancer” and each journal member wore their favorite football jersey. Journal members walked, provided food, and gave support all day long. Arriving as early as 7am, the journal was represented by Editor-in-Chief Jim Hoppenjans, Internal Managing Editor Ashley Gustitus, and Associate Staff Members Maria Allegretto, Anthony Bowers, Wallace Rejrat, Maeve Scanlon, Jordan Spahr, and Jake Sulzer.



The Ladderball tournament hosted by the Journal was a big hit with all Relay participants and eventually won by SBA 3rd District Governor Paul Edger.


The RelayThe Relay

The Relay lasted all day before Widener Law Journal Alumni Jason Gottesman finished the day off as the closing speaker. Pictured below, Jason related his experiences and challenges with cancer in addition to recounting his eventual victory over cancer to all who attended. A total of $17,654.80 was raised for the American Cancer Society.


New Member Orientation Finished!

August 21st, 2010 No comments

The Widener Law Journal completed its annual three day orientation on Friday, August 20, 2010.  This year, in addition to the annual picnic tradition, Ashley Gustitus,  Internal Managing Editor and director of orientation, began the First Annual Widener Law Journal Kickball game, which included members of the Journal’s Administrative Board, new members of the Journal, and Widener faculty, staff, and administration.  Journal orientation is three days of intense instruction on the skills necessary to be a successful legal writer, editor, and member of the Journal.  Professor Gedid, Dean Sealing, Dean Meadows, and Professor Fruth spoke during orientation, addressing the work, responsibility, and opportunities that come with Journal membership.  The pictures that follow show faculty, staff, administration and members of the Journal enjoying the Kickball Game on a beautiful Friday afternoon in Harrisburg, PA.Team StrategizingRounding SecondProf. Anthon Readying for KickInjured Reserve

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New Members for Volume 20

August 20th, 2010 No comments

The Widener Law Journal is proud to announce the new members for the 2010-2011 academic year.


Maria Allegretto

Joshua Bovender

Anthony Bowers

Zachary Fowler

Steven Jones

Joel Patch

Kathryn Peters

Jesika Pufnock

Nicole Radziewicz

Wallace Rejrat

Peter Ruth

Maeve Scanlon

Jordan Spahr

Jacob Sulzer

Tara Winton

Marisa Zizzi


Anthony Czuchnicki

Harold Gabler