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2015 Symposium: Halt or Reform?

March 11th, 2015 Comments off

2015 Symposium

Halt or Reform?: Death Penalty & Criminal Sentencing Guidelines Reform


Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Widener University School of Law

Administrative Building , Room A180

3737 Vartan Way

Harrisburg, PA 17106


The Widener Law Journal (WLJ) will host its annual symposium on April 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Widener University School of Law’s Harrisburg Campus. WLJ will also live tweet the event @WidenerJournal and hashtag #WLJSymposium.


This year’s symposium topic is Halt & Reform?: Death Penalty & Criminal Sentencing Guidelines Reform. The focus at the local and national level will be on the administrative, constitutional and policy considerations in criminal sentencing guidelines, the 8th Amendment and capital punishment. The latter

topic is particularly timely and relevant in Pennsylvania given Governor Wolf’s recent decision to halt executions in Pennsylvania and the reaction among

District Attorneys throughout the Commonwealth to challenge the decision.

We have invited members of the academic, public and private spheres to present

and attend and promise to have a lively, engaging, and informative discussion

that approaches the topic from various points of view. Confirmed participants

include Marjorie J. Peerce, a partner in Ballard Spahr LLP’s New York office

and litigator, with a practice focus on white collar criminal defense, regulatory

matters, and complex civil litigation, and Associate Professor Shaakirah Sanders,

who teaches subjects related to government structure and individual rights and

liberties under the United States Constitution.


WLJ will live tweet this event @WidenerJournal and # WLJSymposium

CLE credit will be offered and registration begins in March.



  •  Early: $80 (ends April 10th)
  • Regular: $90
  • Discounted: $75 (alumni, government lawyers, and academics)


For more information or special needs requests, contact

Sandy Graeff or 717-541-3965


Widener University School of Law

3800 Vartan Way, P.O. Box 69380

Harrisburg, PA 17106-9380


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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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