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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Administration Building, A180
3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Alumni Weekend: CLE Sessions and Breakfast with the Dean

Dean Christian Johnson invites you to start your day with breakfast and CLE sessions presented by law school faculty:

9:00 a.m          “Billy Joel and the Practice of Law

                        Presented by Professor Randy Lee

                        One Ethics credit

For over forty years, Billy Joel has been an iconic figure in popular music, but can he really help lawyers figure out what they can expect from the practice of law and how they can do their work well?  In this CLE, join Randy Lee as he travels from a piano bar in LA through a record store in Pittsburgh and on to the Hudson River, cross paths with the likes of Abe Lincoln, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Vee, and peek back stage at Madison Square Garden, all in an effort to find lessons for a lawyer’s life in Billy Joel’s world and music. 

10:00 a.m.       “Coaches and Lineups: The Legal Ramifications of Arbitrary Managerial Personnel Decisions”

Presented by Emeritus Professor Michael Cozzillio

                        .5 ethics credit and .5 substantive credit

The planned format will explore current controversies in professional sports dealing with the impact of managerial personnel decisions upon fans, teammates, team playoff eligibility, contractual obligations, etc.  The discussion will touch upon certain ethical aspects that should qualify for a one credit professional responsibility component.

11:00 a.m.       “How Does the European System of Criminal Procedure Work and Why Should We Care”

                        Presented by Professor James Diehm

                        One Substantive credit

The inquisitorial system of criminal procedure used in Europe is more prevalent throughout the world than the accusatorial system that we have adopted here in the United States.  That system differs in many significant ways from our accusatorial system and could even be viewed as based on a different foundational principle.  The study of comparative law may be interesting as an academic exercise.  More important, gaining some understanding of the inquisitorial system reminds us that other systems exist that are different from ours and, in some respects, may even be better than ours.  As a result, we understand our own system better and even see ways that we can improve it. 

RSVP is required by responding online below or calling the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement
at 717-541-3974. This event is free and open to all legal professionals.

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