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John L. Gedid

Emeritus Professor of Law

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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.

Selected Publications

  • Chapter Three (History of the Pennsylvania Constitution) in the Pennsylvania Constitution: A Treatise on Rights and Liberties (Ken Gormley, et. al. eds., Bisel 2004).
  • Administrative Procedure for the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction to the 2010 Model State Administrative Procedure Act, 44 St. Mary’s L.J. 241 (2012).
  • Pennsylvania’s 2008 Right to Know Law: Open Access at Last, 49 Duq. L. Rev. 459 (2011).
  • Pennsylvania Constitutional Conventions-Discarding the Myths, 82 Pa.B.Q. 151 (2011).
  • An Introduction to the 2010 Model State Administrative Procedure Act,  20 Widener L. J. 697 (2011).
  • Procedural Due Process in Pennsylvania:  How the Commonwealth Court Clarified an Ambiguous Concept, 20 Widener L.J. 25 (2010).
  • ALJ Ethics: Conundrums, Dilemmas, and Paradoxes, 11 Widener J. Pub. L. 33 (2002).
  • The Confusing Legislative and Judicial Treatment of Adjudication in Pennsylvania Administrative Law, 8 Widener J. Pub. L. 195 (1999).
  • et al., An Historical Analysis of the Binding Effect of Class Suits, 146 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1849 (1998).
  • Administrative Law Progress in 1997: Selected Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decisions Involving Constitutional and Administrative Decisions, 7 Widener J. Pub. L. 403 (1998).
  • Major Constitutional and Administrative Decisions of 1996: Progress of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 6 Widener J. Pub. L. 595 (1997).
  • Administrative Law Progress in 1995: Important Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decisions, 5 Widener J. Pub. L. 625 (1996).
  • History and Executive Removal Power: Morrison v. Olson and Separation of Powers, 11 Campbell L. Rev. 175 (1989).
  • U.C.C. Methodology: Taking a Realistic Look at the Code, 29 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 341 (1988).
  • A Background to Variance Problems under the Uniform Commercial Code: Toward a Contextual Approach, 22 Duq. L. Rev. 595 (1984).
  • Interspousal Immunity in Pennsylvania, 18 Duq. L. Rev. 475 (1980).
  • Note, Commonwealth ex. rel. Stevens v. Myers, 4 Duq. L. Rev. 468 (1965).
  • Should Pennsylvania Amend Its Constitution? The Pennsylvania Bar Association Considers Calls for Reform, Widener Sch. L. Mag., Spring 2011, at 12.
  • The Importance of Professionalism, Widener Sch. L. Mag., Fall 2008, at 10.
  • Lawyers Hold the Key, Widener Sch. L. Mag., Spring 2008,  at 5.
  • Introduction:  Dred Scott After 150 Years:  A Grievous Wound Remembered, 17 Widener L.J. 1 (2007).
  • The Law and Government Institute:  Rapid Growth in Faculty, Offerings, Speakers, Widener Sch. L. Mag., Fall 2007, at 15.
  • Editorial, Upholding Separation of Power Was Proper, Patriot News (Harrisburg, Pa.), Sept. 15, 2006, at A11.
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Adopts Capricious Disregard Standard of Review of Agency Adjudication, Admin. & Reg. L. News, Winter 2004, at 23.
  • & Daniel R. Schuckers, Introduction—Status of the “Legal Residuum” Rule—Hearsay Evidence in Administrative Proceedings, 75 PA. B. Ass’n Q. 1 (2004).
  • The “Legal Residuum” Rule Should be Retained in Pennsylvania Because of its Function to Insure Fundamental Fairness and Due Process, 75 Pa. B. Ass’n. Q. 7 (2004).
  • ed., Pennsylvania Bar Association    Administrative Law Journal, Summer 2002.
  • State Administrative Law:  Why Has It Been Neglected For So Long?, Widener Sch. L. Mag., Fall-Winter 1999,  at 17.
  • Preface, 1 Widener J. Pub. L. 3 (1992).


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

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