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Susan Raeker-Jordan

Professor of Law

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Phone: 717.541.3945

“Many of my courses are those taken in the first year of law school, so many of my students are brand new to the law. I get immense professional satisfaction from nurturing those students’ development from legal novices to young legal professionals: seeing those light bulbs go on and witnessing the transformation.” 

Susan Raeker-Jordan teaches in the areas of torts, civil procedure, products liability, and capital punishment. Her research and writing has focused both on capital punishment and the Eighth Amendment and on products liability, with a number of articles in leading law reviews on both topics.

Professor Raeker-Jordan joined the faculty at Widener in 1990. She was an assistant professor from 1993-96, an associate professor from 1996-2005, and professor of law since 2005. She was associate dean for faculty research and development from 2007-09. She also taught legal methods on the law school’s Delaware campus from 1990-93.

Professor Raeker-Jordan has served as secretary of the AALS Section on Law and Mental Disability. She served as an editor of the South Carolina Law Review.

  • Torts I and II
  • Civil Procedure I and II
  • Products Liability
  • Capital Punishment (Seminar)


BA, University of Maine, High Distinction
JD, University of South Carolina School of Law, Order of the Coif


Legal Writing Instructor, Widener University School of Law, Delaware
Associate Attorney, Lord, Bissell & Brook, Chicago
Public Interest Law Fellow, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

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United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Mental Disability where she served as Secretary
American Bar Association

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