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John L. Gedid

Emeritus Professor of Law


Phone: 717.541.3901

Professor John L. Gedid is the founder and former director of Widener’s Law & Government Institute. He served as founding vice dean for the Harrisburg Campus from 1989 to 1995, and as vice dean from 2007 to 2009. The university awarded him emeritus status at the law school at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.  

Professor Gedid is an elected life member of the American Law Institute and serves as a Pennsylvania commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He sat on the drafting committee, and also served as reporter, for the Uniform Law Commission 2010 revision of the Model State Administrative Procedure Act.

Professor Gedid has served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Procedural Rules Committee and as co-chair of the ABA Jurisdiction in Cyberspace-Sale of Goods Project. He also served as official reporter of decisions for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania from 1989 to 2005. Professor Gedid served for many years on the Capitol Preservation Commission.

Professor Gedid is a master emeritus of the Bowman Inn of Court in Harrisburg. He presently serves on the Board of Editors of the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. He is a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Constitutional Convention Review Commission, where he chairs the Legislative Reapportionment Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Court Historical Society. He is a frequent lecturer at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, which has published his numerous constitutional and administrative law writings.

He is past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Administrative Law Section, and sits on the Council of that section. He serves as a consultant to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judicial Independence Commission.


BA, University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude
JD, Duquesne University School of Law
LLM, Yale Law School

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