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Learn the real issues behind the headlines of legal hot topics with internationally-known faculty at Widener Law Commonwealth. Legal scholars break-down complex legal issues and provide insight about immigration, business law, and sustainability. Looking to go to law school? Valuable tips on topics ranging from law school admissions to financial aid and bar exam preparation will be given by our team of dedicated administrative staff. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/podcast for more information.

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Learn the real issues behind the headlines of legal hot topics with internationally-known faculty at Widener Law Commonwealth. Legal scholars break-down complex legal issues and provide insight about immigration, business law, and sustainability. Looking to go to law school? Valuable tips on topics ranging from law school admissions to financial aid and bar exam preparation will be given by our team of dedicated administrative staff. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/podcast for more information.

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#67 | Cafecito with LALSA Episode 5 Featuring Widener Law Commonwealth Moms

5/12/2024
Cafecito with LALSA (Latin American Law Student Association) is a student run podcast where traditional and non-traditional law students come together to share their unique journeys through law school. Hear the voices of minority students as they discuss their challenges and triumphs, and listen to diverse perspectives on a wide range of topics. Tune in for a dynamic conversation that reflects the rich tapestry of the Widener Law Commonwealth student experience. Watch the video version on WLC's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMC_ZljFyTU. Cafecito with LALSA Episode 5 featuring Law School Moms: This episode features Giselle Barragan (LALSA President) having a conversation with Gabrielle Spisak and Helene Hess. Tune in to hear about their experiences and struggles as Widener Law Commonwealth students who became first time moms during law school. Timestamps 00:34 Episode Start 01:28 Experience Having a Baby in Law School 04:18 Stress Levels Being Pregnant During Law School 06:40 Cravings While Pregnant 07:59 Would You Change Anything 11:35 Kids' Activities 12:50 It Takes a Village 15:30 Motivation 16:30 Mental Health, Changing Identities, and Coping Strategies 30:04 Bar Exam 38:00 Social Media as Moms 41:00 No Regrets 43:00 Balancing Work and Family 47:57 Maternal Instincts 48:22 Advice for Other Law School Parents 50:36 Babies' Sleep Issues 52:48 More Advice 1:01:39 Shoutout to Don 1:02:35 Other Moms at Widener Law Commonwealth Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: "Latin Groove" by Vogel Audio https://www.pond5.com/artist/vogelaudio

Duration:01:05:40

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#66 | Cafecito with LALSA Episode 4 Featuring OUTLaw

4/12/2024
Cafecito with LALSA (Latin American Law Student Association) is a student run podcast where traditional and non-traditional law students come together to share their unique journeys through law school. Hear the voices of minority students as they discuss their challenges and triumphs, and listen to diverse perspectives on a wide range of topics. Tune in for a dynamic conversation that reflects the rich tapestry of the Widener Law Commonwealth student experience. Watch the video version on WLC's YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/57QoUWs0PDY Timestamps 1:43 OUTLaw Overiew 6:17 LGBTQ+ Experiences at WLC 8:37 Reese's Backstory 16:11 Molly's Backstory 22:43 Pronouns Discussion 27:26 Mental Health in Law School 38:00 American Constitution Society 42:09 Controversial Topics Within the LGBTQ+ Community 1:05:45 Favorite Professors Episode Transcript (PDF) Cafecito with LALSA Episode 4 featuring OUTLaw: This episode features Giselle Barragan (LALSA President) and Tommy Begley (LALSA Treasurer) having a conversation with Reese Rosso (OUTLaw President) and Molly Sanders (OUTLaw Vice-President). Tune in to hear about their experiences and struggles as Widener Law Commonwealth students. Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: "Latin Groove" by Vogel Audio https://www.pond5.com/artist/vogelaudio

Duration:01:12:47

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#65 | Cafecito with LALSA Episode 3 Featuring APALSA

12/1/2023
Cafecito with LALSA (Latin American Law Student Association) is a student run podcast where traditional and non-traditional law students come together to share their unique journeys through law school. Hear the voices of minority students as they discuss their challenges and triumphs, and listen to diverse perspectives on a wide range of topics. Tune in for a dynamic conversation that reflects the rich tapestry of the Widener Law Commonwealth student experience. Watch the video version of this episode on WLC's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/4yYzlzPhBQw Timestamps 0:00 Episode Teaser 0:33 Episode Start 1:25 APALSA Generally 7:32 Struggles as First Generation Law Students 10:32 Managing Stress and Mental Health Issues 17:25 Changes in How Older Generations View and Approach Mental Health Awareness 22:48 Why Law School and How Female Lawyers are Viewed by Certain People 29:33 What Type of Law Do You Want to Practice? 31:54 Internship Obstacles as a Person of Color 33:55 Lost in Translation: Language Quirks 37:00 Finding Your Community in Law School: Fears and Experiences 40:00 APALSA Events and its Future Cafecito with LALSA Episode 3 featuring APALSA (Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association): This episode features Angelica Alonso (LALSA member) and Katrina Perea (LALSA member) having a conversation with Ashley Varughese (APALSA President) and Sneha Henry (APALSA Treasurer). Tune in to hear about their experiences and struggles as minority Widener Law Commonwealth students. Audio Transcript (PDF) Find the audio version of the podcast on your favorite podcast app. Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: "Latin Groove" by Vogel Audio https://www.pond5.com/artist/vogelaudio

Duration:00:43:52

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#64.5 | Tara's Farewell Episode

11/14/2023
Host Tara Mead announces her departure and gives a programming update. Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:01:46

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#64 | Cafecito with LALSA Episode 2 Featuring BLSA

11/3/2023
Cafecito with LALSA (Latin American Law Student Association) is a student run podcast where traditional and non-traditional law students come together to share their unique journeys through law school. Hear the voices of minority students as they discuss their challenges and triumphs, and listen to diverse perspectives on a wide range of topics. Tune in for a dynamic conversation that reflects the rich tapestry of the Widener Law Commonwealth student experience. Watch the video version of this episode on WLC's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/TUi4VDdnltw. Timestamps 0:00 Episode Teaser 0:38 Episode Start 1:11 BLSA Generally 3:56 Mentorship and Struggles Finding a Community in Law School 10:18 Managing Mental Health 13:42 What Made You Come to Law School 16:22 Working from Home v Going to the Office 18:54 Topics Impacting the Black Community 26:44 Using Social Media In Law School 30:27 Bear Hunting 32:22 Video Games 36:09 Willie the Dog 37:06 Briefing a Case in Law School 39:12 Favorite Professors 41:52 What Doesn't Kill you Makes You Stronger Mentality 45:09 For 250K, would you become a 1L again? 48:28 Barbri Coach Kevin kcezeuzoh@widener.edu 49:21 "Final" Remarks 51:23 Halloween 54:57 Episode End Cafecito with LALSA Episode 2: This episode features Giselle Barragan (LALSA President) and Tommy Begley (LALSA Treasurer) having a conversation with Kevin Ezeuzoh (BLSA President) and Richard Dixon (BLSA Social Media Rep). Tune in to hear about their experiences and struggles as black Widener Law Commonwealth students. Audio Transcript (PDF) Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: "Latin Groove" by Vogel Audio https://www.pond5.com/artist/vogelaudio

Duration:00:55:55

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#63 | Bar Exam Preparation Featuring Director of Bar Success Jamie Zadra

10/24/2023
It's something law students know is in their future — the Bar. In this podcast, host Tara Mead checks in with Widener Law Commonwealth's Director of Bar Success Jamie Zadra and discusses the ways she helps students prepare for one of the most important exams of their career. Episode Transcript (PDF) Metioned in this Episode Jamie Zadra's Contact Informatoin 717-541-3919 jlzadra@widener.edu Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:18:34

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#62 | Introducing Cafecito with LALSA Episode 1

10/6/2023
Cafecito with LALSA (Latin American Law Student Association) is a student run podcast where traditional and non-traditional law students come together to share their unique journeys through law school. Hear the voices of minority students as they discuss their challenges and triumphs, and listen to diverse perspectives on a wide range of topics. Tune in for a dynamic conversation that reflects the rich tapestry of the Widener Law Commonwealth student experience. Episode 1: This introduction episode features Giselle Barragan (LALSA President), Lilianel Mullenex (LALSA Vice President) and Tommy Begley (LALSA Treasurer). Tune in to hear about their experiences and struggles as first generation, Latin-American, Widener Commonwealth Law students. Watch the video version of this episode on WLC's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/wgFYEs9THz0. Timestamps 0:00 Episode Teaser 0:45 Episode Start 7:16 Learn about LALSA 14:50 First Generation Law Students 23:02 Mental Health in Law School 30:48 What's Coming Up Audio Transcript (PDF) Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: "Latin Groove" by Vogel Audio https://www.pond5.com/artist/vogelaudio

Duration:00:32:19

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#61 | Legal Externships with the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps

9/26/2023
Externships are a great way for our law students to gain experience and make vital connections to help them navigate their future legal careers. On this edition of our podcast, host Tara Mead talks with Air Force First Lt. Julia Harrelson, who discusses externship opportunities through the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps, including what criteria must be met before applying, and the benefits of completing this type of externship while in law school. Episode Transcript (PDF) Metioned in this Episode Air Force JAG Recruiting Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USAFJAG/ Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:13:51

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#60 | Administrative Governance in the ChatGPT Era...and Beyond | 2023 John Gedid Lecture

6/13/2023
This lecture series honors John Gedid, one of the founders of Widener Law Commonwealth, the school’s first vice-dean and the founder of Widener Law Commonwealth’s Law and Government Institute. Professor Gedid has served as a wonderful mentor to faculty and students. The series showcases the work of nationally recognized scholars in government law much the same way Professor Gedid has fostered, encouraged, and applauded the work of those who joined the school he helped to found. This lecture was presented by Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Political Science Cary Coglianese from the University of Pennsylvania Penn Carey Law School. Professor Coglianese, who also serves as the director of the Penn Program on Regulation, specializes in the study of administrative law and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative processes and strategies, including the role of public participation, technology, and business-government relations in policymaking. Episode Transcript (PDF) Mentioned in this episode: View the recorded event on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F0NMYTk1vI Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:01:01:26

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#59 | Practical Legal Experience for Law Students

4/18/2023
Classroom learning is certainly important during law school, but having practical experience in the field is also vital. In this Widener Law Commonwealth podcast episode, host Tara Mead talks with two students, Kimberly Marrera and Emily LaGreca, who share their own externship and internship opportunities and how valuable they've been to them. Episode Transcript (PDF) Mentioned in this episode: WLC Externships Webpage: https://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/academics/practical-learning-opportunities/externships/ WLC Clinic Webpage: https://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/academics/practical-learning-opportunities/civil-law-clinic/ Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:16:47

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#58 | Law School Advice from WLC Alumni Association President Paul Edger

3/7/2023
In this podcast, you'll hear from Paul Edger ’11, Widener Law Commonwealth's Alumni Association president, who shares his law school experience, some advice for current students, and ways alumni can connect with the WLC community. Episode Transcript (PDF) Mentioned in this episode: WLC Law Commonwealth Alumni Office Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/761377143953866 WLC Alumni LinkedIn group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7020856/ WidenerCONNECT https://connect.widener.edu/ WLC alumni website page https://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/alumni-friends/a-strong-community/ Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:18:32

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#57 | How to Select a Law School with WLC Dean of Admissions Matthew Kerns

2/7/2023
Making the decision to go to law school is a pretty significant step in starting your law career. So how do you determine which law school is right for you? In this podcast, host Tara Mead talks with Widener Law Commonwealth Associate Dean of Admission on the best ways to begin (and complete) your law school search to ensure it's the right fit. Episode Transcript (PDF) Mentioned in this Episode: WLC admissions office contact information Phone: 717-541-3903 Email: admitcwlaw@widener.edu Website: https://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/why-widener/ Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:17:12

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#56 | Interview with Environmental Law Expert Professor John Dernbach

12/20/2022
Widener Law Commonwealth prides itself on having nationally and internationally recognized experts in a variety of legal fields, including environmental law. In our latest podcast, host Tara Mead talks with Professor John Dernbach, director of the law school's Environmental Law and Sustainability Center about his work, including his role in the recent COP27 international conference, a new book, and his future plans as he looks toward retirement next year. Episode Transcript (PDF) Mentioned in this Episode: Environmental Law and Sustainabililty Center ELSC blog Model sustainability ordinances from Professor Dernbach's Sustainability Law and Practice class John Dernbach's website Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:38:39

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#55 | Central Pennsylvania Law Clinic

11/1/2022
Widener Law Commonwealth's Central Pennsylvania Law Clinic offers students an opportunity to use and develop their legal skills to help people in need in our community. Podcast host Tara Mead talks with Professor Mary Catherine Scott, director of the clinic, on her work with the students, including their newest endeavor regarding legal issues impacting the elderly. Episode Transcript (PDF) Mentioned in this Episode: Central Pennsylvania Law Clinic 717-541-0320 https://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/academics/practical-learning-opportunities/civil-law-clinic/ Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/area_agency_on_aging/services/legal.php MidPenn Legal Services https://www.midpenn.org/ YWCA Domestic Violence Legal Center https://www.ywcahbg.org/programs/domestic-violence-legal-center Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:15:01

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#54 | Interview with Anti-Human Trafficking Expert Steve Turner

10/4/2022
This episode contains discussions about human trafficking, sexual assault, and drug addiction. Listener discretion is advised. You may think that human trafficking only happens in big cities or isn't a huge problem in much of the country. You may be surprised to know just how prevalent it is, including here in Pennsylvania. Podcast host Tara Mead talks with anti-human trafficking expert Steve Turner about human trafficking, notably what future and current legal professionals need to know, and how they can play a vital role in helping victims. Episode Transcript (PDF) Mentioned in This Episode: The YWCA of Greater Harrisburg: 1-800-654-1211 The National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 Pennsylvania Alliance Against Trafficking In Humans Route 15 Phamphlet (PDF) Recording from the CLE event Hiding in Plain Sight – Unmasking Human Trafficking (YouTube Link) Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialized centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information. Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:33:27

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#53 | Career Advice and Strategies for Law Students and Alumni

5/10/2022
While gaining legal knowledge is first and foremost the focus of law students, it's also vital students have the right strategies in place to help them gain employment when they graduate. In this podcast, host Tara Mead talks with Eden Mandrell, assistant dean of Widener Law Commonwealth's Career Development Office, who discusses her role in helping current students and alumni in their job search and beyond Episode Transcript (PDF) Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:25:18

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#52 | Lessons Learned from the Pandemic for Law Schools

3/29/2022
The COVID-19 pandemic certainly brought many challenges and changes in how we interacted, and that included our law school. In this podcast, we talked with Widener Law Commonwealth Dean Michael Hussey and Assistant Dean of Students Randi Teplitz on how those challenges were met, and lessons learned, moving forward. Episode Transcript (PDF) Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:26:58

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#51 | Tips on Applying to Law School

3/1/2022
Thinking about applying to law school? Our latest podcast with Associate Dean of Admission Matt Kerns discusses the application process and what that entails, things potential law school students should do (and not do), and dispels misconceptions about the law school application process. Episode Transcript (PDF) Resources Mentioned in this Episode https://www.lsac.org/lsat/prep https://cleoinc.org/ https://www.accesslex.org/pre-law-services Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:16:52

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#50 | Mindfulness for Law Students

2/1/2022
There's been a renewed focus on mental health and wellness over the past few years, and that includes law school students. Join podcast host Tara Mead as she talks with Professor Rebecca Waldemar and Dean of Students Randi Teplitz on how mindfulness and wellness can help students develop the essential skills they need to succeed. Episode Transcript (PDF) Mentioned in This Episode https://www.mindfulnessinlawsociety.org/https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/miracle-of-mindfulness-thich-nhat-hanh/1101968286https://insighttimer.com/ Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness for Lawyers -- some of the benefits! Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:20:39

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#49 | Helping First Year Law Students Overcome Challenges

12/14/2021
In this episode, host Tara Mead talks with Legal Methods professors Amanda Sholtis and Anna Hemingway on how they help first year students with the challenges of law school, notably in the areas of communication and analysis of the law. Episode Transcript (PDF) Music Credit: LeChuckz

Duration:00:21:25