Widener Law Commonwealth's Podcast

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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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United States

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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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English


Episodes

#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...

Duration:00:38:39

#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...

Duration:00:15:01

#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,...

Duration:00:33:27

#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

#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

#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

#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...

Duration:00:20:39

#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

#48.5 | December 2021 Update

12/13/2021
Thank you for listening to the Widener Law Commonwealth podcast. We have been on hiatus since May. Although our subseries Things I Wish I Knew has concluded, we are delighted to welcome our new host Tara Mead. Tara joined Widener Law Commonwealth this semester as the new marketing and communications manager. Her first episode will be released tomorrow and covers the struggles first year law students face and ideas about how to overcome them. If you have any podcast episode suggestions,...

Duration:00:00:37

#48 | Alumni Interview with Alumnus Anthony Cox ’17

5/10/2021
One of the joys of being a Widener Law Commonwealth student is meeting alumni. Gabriella Romeo ’21, Student Bar Association President, interviewed alumnus Anthony Cox ’17. In-person restrictions did not keep them from a fun and engaging interview. In addition to his comments during the interview, Anthony emphasizes the importance of mentorship. "Seek mentorship. My motto is make it to the top and send the ladder back down to help others up. There is nothing like having someone guide you up...

Duration:00:22:11

#47 | Alumni Interview with Alumnus Prince Holloway ’08

4/12/2021
One of the joys of being a Widener Law Commonwealth student is meeting alumni. Gabriella Romeo ’21, Student Bar Association President, interviewed alumnus Prince Holloway ’08. In-person restrictions did not keep them from a fun and engaging interview. As a Trial attorney at Stampone O’Brien Dilsheimer Law, Prince is dedicated to standing up for both the injured and the innocent. He is the unique attorney that practices and produces results in both plaintiffs’ civil litigation and criminal...

Duration:00:34:15

#46 | Faith in the Future: America’s Ongoing Quest to Build a Diverse Democracy

3/29/2021
The 14th Annual Dean’s Diversity Forum Faith in the Future: America’s Ongoing Quest to Build a Diverse Democracy. Keynote Speaker: Vincent Rougeau Vincent Rougeau is the dean of Boston College Law School, the inaugural director of the new Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America, and the 2021 president of the American Association of Law Schools. Dean Rougeau has just been named the first lay president of the College of the Holy Cross. Panelists Iva Ferrell, Associate Professor...

Duration:02:05:15

#45 | Alumni Interview with Niki Carter ’08

3/15/2021
One of the joys of being a Widener Law Commonwealth student is meeting alumni. Gabriella Romeo ’21, Student Bar Association President, interviewed alumna Niki Carter ’08. In-person restrictions did not keep them from a fun and engaging interview. Niki currently works at TE Connectivity, a company that designs and manufactures connectivity and sensors products for harsh environments. In her position at TE, Niki counsels the Aerospace, Defense & Marine business unit, and more specifically...

Duration:00:44:14

#44 | A Second Chance: Rehabilitation, Reform and Reentry

2/11/2021
The 2021 Jurist in Residence Lecture, A Second Chance: Rehabilitation, Reform and Reentry, sponsored by the Law and Government Institute, was held on Thursday, February 4. The lecture will be presented by The Honorable Royce L. Morris, Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. Featured Panelists Hon. Scott A. Evans, Criminal Calendar Judge, Dauphin County Kelly Evans, Deputy Secretary, Office of Reentry, PA Board of Probation and Parole Daniel Karhnak, Senior U.S. Probation Officer Douglas...

Duration:01:14:18

#43 | Earth in Trust: Inalienable Rights for a Collective Ecological Future

1/13/2021
Widener Law Commonwealth's Environmental Law Distinguished Speaker Series Presented: Earth in Trust: Inalienable Rights for a Collective Ecological Future on November 19, 2020. Mary Christina Wood is a Philip H.Knight Professor of Law at University of Oregon and Faculty Director of the law school’s nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. Her research focuses on a fundamental rights approach to ecological restoration and distribution of resources. She is one of...

Duration:01:04:59

#42 | President and the Rise of Partisan Administration of the Law

10/29/2020
This is a recording of the 2020 Annual John Gedid Lecture Series: The President and the Rise of Partisan Administration of the Law hosted by Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Law and Government Institute. 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’s Law and Government Institute. Professor Gedid has served as a wonderful mentor to every faculty member the school has hired. The...

Duration:01:01:23

#41 | Alumni Interview with Steve Ryan ’07

10/22/2020
One of the joys of being a Widener Law Commonwealth student is meeting alumni. Gabriella Romeo ’21, Student Bar Association President, interviewed alumnus Steve Ryan ’07. In-person restrictions did not keep them from a fun and engaging interview. Steve, a Brooklyn, NY native turned Central Pennsylvanian, shared his legal journey beginning from his first days at Widener to his well-established career in Workers’ Compensation Law. Keeps your eyes out for a special appearance of Gabriella’s cat...

Duration:00:31:13

#40 | And, We're Back | Things I Wish I Knew Episode 7

9/28/2020
Welcome to the seventh episode of Things I Wish I Knew (a subseries of the Widener Law Commonwealth Podcast) hosted by students Jonathan Nace along with cohosts Connor Behrend and Mark Uriarte. In this episode, the three hosts discuss what life has been like for them since the school transitioned to online learning in March 2020. Things I Wish I Knew podcast subseries is about learning from your mistakes and progressing in your law school careers. The hosts and guests will be having candid...

Duration:00:26:16

#39 | Dean of Admissions | Things I Wish I Knew Episode 6

9/21/2020
***This Podcast was recorded in February.*** Welcome to the sixth episode of Things I Wish I Knew (a subseries of the Widener Law Commonwealth Podcast) hosted by students Jonathan Nace along with cohosts Connor Behrend and Mark Uriarte. In this episode, host Jonathan interviews new Dean of Admissions Matthew Kerns. They discuss Matt's background and the law school application process. Things I Wish I Knew podcast subseries is about learning from your mistakes and progressing in your law...

Duration:00:44:44

#38.5 | Fall 2020 Update

9/19/2020
Due to the global pandemic, the Widener Law Commonwealth podcast has been on hiatus since March 2020. We recently recorded our first episode since our break and have one previously recorded episode ready to be released. Check back on Monday, September 21, 2020 to hear the first episode of the semester. If you have any topic suggestions, please email them to webcwlaw@widener.edu.

Duration:00:00:39