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About Dean Linda Ammons

Linda AmmonsLinda L. Ammons, Esq., is Dean of Widener University School of Law effective July 1, 2006. Dean Ammons is the seventh dean of the law school since its inception in 1971. She is the first woman and the first African American to lead the Widener University School of Law, and one of only three African American females in the nation serving as dean of a law school. For 2007-2008, she has been named a Senior Scholar, Department of Health Policy, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Also in 2007, Dean Ammons was appointed by Pennsylvania State Treasurer Robin Weissmann to the e-Treasury Blue Ribbon Advisory Commission on Productivity Management.

An accomplished lawyer, professor, and administrator, Dean Ammons comes to Widener from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was associate dean and professor of law. During her fifteen years at Cleveland-Marshall, she chaired and served on a number of university committees and taught Administrative Law, Legislation, Mass Communications Law and Women and the Law. In addition, Dean Ammons has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada since 1993.

Prior to joining the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall, Dean Ammons served as executive assistant to former Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste, from 1988 to 1991, advising him on legal and policy matters in the criminal justice, regulatory and administrative areas. While in the Governor’s Office, she led the charge for the battered women’s clemency project that resulted in clemencies for 28 Ohio women. Dean Ammons subsequently initiated and co-chaired for two years the American Bar Association National Institute on Defending Battered Women in Criminal Cases.

Dean Ammons was appointed to both the Ohio Supreme Court Futures Commission, as well as to the Ohio Public Defender’s Commission, on which she served two four-year terms. An Ohio State University Moritz College of Law alumna, she was selected out of 8,000 of her peers to be the recipient of the 2004-2005 Moritz Alumni Society’s Community Service Award. Most recently, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association chose her as their 2005-2006 Stapleton Award recipient.

You may contact Dean Ammons:
Phone: 302.477.2278