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Lawrence A. Hamermesh

Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law
Director, Widener Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law
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Lawrence Hamermesh

Professor Lawrence A. Hamermesh received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1973 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1976.  Professor Hamermesh joined the Widener faculty in 1994.  Prior to joining Widener, Professor Hamermesh worked as associate with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington, Delaware, from 1976-84, and as a partner at Morris, Nichols from 1985-94.  Professor Hamermesh writes extensively in areas of corporate and business law.  Since 1995 he has been a member of the Corporation Law Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, which is responsible for the annual review and modernization of the Delaware General Corporation Law, and was Chair of the Council from 2002-2004.  Professor Hamermesh also serves as a faculty advisor to the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.

Professor Hamermesh was on leave during the 2010-2011 academic year, completing an 18-month term as senior special counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel, Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.  In that capacity, Professor Hamermesh contributed significantly to the Commission’s July 14, 2010 concept release on the U.S. proxy system, and he also received a Law and Policy Award conferred by the Commission on staff members who contributed significantly to the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

Professor Hamermesh also published “Delaware Corporate Law and the Model Business Corporation Act: A Study in Symbiosis,” 74 Duke Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems 107 (2011), co-authored with Jeffrey M. Gorris and Leo E. Strine, Jr., and “Silos, Corporate Law, and Bankruptcy Law,” Delaware Lawyer (Fall 2010).

Professor Hamermesh was also featured as a speaker on several panels, including programs for the Practicing Law Institute in New York, the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., and the American College of Business Court Judges meeting at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, Professor Hamermesh continued to serve as a member of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, the group responsible for continuing review and drafting of proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law.  He also continued to serve as a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law, and as a member of the board of editors of The Business Lawyer, published by the Business Law Section.

Courses: Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Business Organizations, Corporate Takeovers, and Professional Responsibility.

Paul L. Regan

Associate Professor of Law 

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Paul Regan

Professor Paul L. Regan received a B.S. from Villanova University in 1979 and a J.D. from Temple University in 1982.  Following graduation from law school, Professor Regan served as a litigation associate with Fellheimer, Eichen & Goodman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1982-83; litigation a associate with Liebert, Short, Fitzpatrick & Lavin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1983-85; and a corporate litigation associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Wilmington, Delaware, from 1985-94.  Professor Regan joined the faculty at Widener as visiting associate professor of law and served in that capacity from 1994-1995.  Since 1995, Professor Regan has served as an associate professor of law.

Professor Regan, who teaches and writes in the areas of business organizations, advanced corporation law, corporate finance, and contracts, is Assistant Director of the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law.  He is regular commentator on mergers and acquisitions developments, including the hostile bid by Air Products and Chemicals, Ind. for Airgas, Inc., the $18.5 billion hostile bid by French drug manufacturer Sanofi S.A. for U.S. based biopharmaceutical company Genzyme, and the negotiated acquisition by 3M Company of control of Cogent Inc.

In February 2011, at the invitation of retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Joseph Walsh, Professor Regan participated as a presenter and panelist on executive compensation at the 16th Annual Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar in Professionalism and Ethics in Wilmington.

Professor Regan helped organize the symposium held at Widener in April 2011 entitled “Irreconcilable Differences: Conflicts in Change of Control Transactions.”  During the symposium he presented a forthcoming paper on Transactional Justification addressing the availability of preliminary injunctive relief in corporate sale of control transactions.  He also moderated another panel during the symposium in which prominent Delaware corporate practitioners commented on recent developments in change of control transactions.

In July 2011 Professor Regan presented a forthcoming article on Human Rights Accountability of Multinational Corporations at an international conference on Social Economy and Corporate Responsibility at the Congress of the Onati Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain.

Also in July 2011, Professor Regan participated in a panel presentation entitled “Delaware: The First State for Corporation Law” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Librarians in Philadelphia, PA. Other panelists included Justice Randy J. Holland of the Supreme Court of Delaware; Robert Saunders of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Andrea Unterberger of Corporation Service Company; and Leslie Leach, law librarian for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Courses: Business Organizations, Advanced Corporations, Corporate Finance, and Business Principles.

Larry D. Barnett

Professor of Law

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Larry Barnett

Professor Larry D. Barnett received a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles; an M.S. from Oregon State University; a Ph.D. from Florida State University; and a J.D. with Honors from the University of Florida.  He joined the faculty of the Widener University Law School in 1978 and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands in 1979-80.  His books include Mutual Funds and Federal Regulation, a casebook for law school courses on the federal Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act, and Legal Construct, Social Concept, a book on the sociology of law.  In addition, Professor Barnett founded Population Research and Policy Review, a journal in the field of demography that has been published since 1982, and he served as editor-in-chief for its first eleven volumes.  Professor Barnett also serves as a faculty advisor to the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.

Professor Barnett is a leading exponent of the thesis that the doctrines and concepts of law in a society are attributable to the properties of the society in which the law exists.  A review of his forthcoming book “The Place of Law: The Role and Limits of Law in Society” states that the book “should be required reading in all law schools” because it “offers a framework for the study of law that convincingly demonstrates that only when we consider law’s social context can we then explain and predict its content.

Professor Barnett published an article titled “The Public–Private Dichotomy in Morality and Law” in 18 Journal of Law and Policy 541 (2010).  The article illustrates the thesis of the social basis of law with the federal Investment Advisers Act and also reports a study in which data obtained from adults in a national sample survey were analyzed to identify the characteristics of individuals that affect whether morality is viewed as a private matter (and hence inappropriate for regulation) or a public issue (and hence appropriate for regulation).

During the 2010–2011 academic year, Professor Barnett participated in two professional meetings in Europe.  The most recent was the International Conference on the Social Economy, which was held in Spain on July 6–8, 2011.  At this meeting, Professor Barnett presented a paper titled “Mutual Fund Regulation in Europe: An Empirical Test of a Macrosociological Framework for Law.”  The Conference was attended by approximately 120 persons from more than 20 countries.

In addition, Professor Barnett presented a paper at the 2010 annual meeting of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law.  His paper at this meeting, which was held in Sweden in July 2010, was titled “Societal Properties and Law on Same-Sex Non-Marital Partnerships and Same-Sex Marriage in European Union Nations.”  The paper is forthcoming in volume 25 of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development and was the outcome of a research project in which Professor Barnett was joined by Professor Pietro Saitta of the University of Messina (Italy); earlier in 2010, the study had been presented by Professor Barnett at four universities in Italy.

Courses: Mutual Funds, Securities Regulation, and Professional Responsibility.

Ann E. Conaway

Professor of Law

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Anna Conaway

Professor Ann E. Conway received her B.A. from the University of Georgia in 1976 and her J.D. from Temple University in 1983.  Professor Conaway joined the faculty at Widener as an assistant professor of law and served in that capacity from 1985-89; she was an associate professor of law from 1989-96, and was promoted to professor of law in 1996.  Following graduation from law school, Professor Conaway clerked for the Honorable Henry R. Horsey, Delaware Supreme Court in Dover, Delaware from 1983-84, and was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Wilmington, Delaware from 1984-85.  On October 1,1990, Chancellor William T. Allen appointed Professor Conaway Master pro hac vice for the Court of Chancery, and she remained in that role until 1992.  Professor Conaway also serves as a faculty advisor to the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.

Professor Conaway teaches in the areas of business organizations, contract drafting for closely-held businesses, and LLCs and statutory trusts.  Professor Conaway also teaches comparative choice of entity and entity governance.   In November 2010 she was a Guest Lecturer at Glasgow University School of Law in Glasgow, Scotland at the invitation of the Dean of the JD/LLM program in corporate and corporate finance.  She was also a guest lecturer at Trinity College of Law in Dublin, Ireland in the fall of 2010. In February of 2011, Professor Conaway returned to Dublin with Chief Justice Myron Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court to visit King’s Inn to talk about the “Delaware way.”

Professor Conaway participated as a Life Commissioner in the consideration and debate of the Harmonization of Business Codes Act in Vail, Colorado at the Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Conference in July 2011. The Act was adopted by the Conference for enactment by the States at the Annual Meeting.  Professor Conaway has been a Life Member of the Uniform Law Conference since 2009 and a Commissioner from Delaware since 1989 and from Pennsylvania since 2003.

Professor Conaway is regularly called upon to serve as an expert consultant on matters of Delaware business entity law.  Most recently, she was involved in one case involving a multi-million dollar international transaction raising an issue of first impression of Delaware LLC law, and in a multi-billion dollar case involving Delaware LLCs and creditor rights’ issues.

Courses: Business Organizations, LLCs & Statutory Trusts, Contracts, Securities Regulation, Negotiating Business Contracts and Advanced Business Enterprises.

Sonia Baldia 

 

Associate Professor of Law

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Sonia Baldia

Professor Baldia joined the faculty at Widener in July 2010. Her teaching, research and scholarship focuses on intellectual property law, technology transfer and corporate law.  During 2010-2011, Professor Baldia was an invited speaker at the DuPont-Widener Intellectual Property Law Conference in Wilmington and at the Asia Pacific Legal Institute’s summer program on intellectual property in Washington, DC.

Before joining the Widener faculty, Professor Baldia was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer Brown LLP’s Corporate and Intellectual Property Practices and co-chair of the firm’s global India Practice.  She has been a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in Tokyo, and the International Development Law Institute in Rome.  In private practice, she focused on international technology, outsourcing, and licensing transactions, cross-border intellectual property matters, and India-related transactions and corporate matters.   She also has, as a consultant to U.S. AID and the U.S. Department of Commerce, advised foreign governments in technology, telecommunications, and intellectual property-related developmental projects.

Courses: Business Organizations, Intellectual Property

Andre L. Smith 

 

Associate Professor of Law

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Andre Smith

Professor Smith teaches courses in taxation, administrative law, sports and entertainment, and critical race theory.  He joined the Widener faculty in 2011 after several successful years at Florida International University School of Law as well as the Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law.  He graduated from the Howard University School of Law with honors, the Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M. in taxation, and clerked thereafter for the Honorable Maurice B. Foley of the United States Tax Court.

Professor Smith publishes in several areas, including tax jurisprudence, critical tax theory, sports and entertainment, and the intersection of race, economics and law.  He has twice published the lead article in the ABA-Georgetown publication, The Tax Lawyer.  Other works of Professor Smith can be found in the University of Houston Business and Tax Law Journal, the Pittsburgh Tax Review, the Howard Law Journal, the University of Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, and the Seton Hall Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.  Professor Smith is also a faculty editor of the Widener Journal of Race, Economics and Law.

In September 2010, Professor Smith participated on a panel honoring the scholarship of Derrick Bell at the Third National People of Color Conference at Seton Hall University.  In his remarks, Professor Smith continued to push for a melding of critical race theory and neoclassic economic theory.  In March 2011, Professor Smith presented a paper entitled “The Demise of Racist Taxation in the United States” at the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Law Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, hosted by NOVA Southeastern Law School.  And in August 2011, Professor Smith discussed the tax implications of church-sponsored reparations advocacy at the 2011 National Bar Association Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

Professor Smith also participated in the Widener Journal of Law, Economics and Race annual symposium, “Legal and Diversity Issues in Coaching Professional Sports.  Courses: Federal Income Taxation, Administrative Law

Luke M. Scheuer

 

Assistant Professor of Law

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Professor Scheuer is joining Widener Law School in the fall of 2011 as its newest faculty member. He graduated from Boston College Law School and will be teaching business associations, bankruptcy and business planning.

Professor Scheuer has previously taught contract drafting at Boston College Law School and Boston University School of Law.  He co-authored the lead article in Catholic University Law Review’s winter 2011 edition with Professor Judith McMorrow from Boston College Law School. The article, entitled The Moral Responsibility of the Corporate Lawyer, dealt with the issue of lawyer accountability for corporate client actions.  In the fall of 2010 he authored a chapter of the treatise Financing a Massachusetts Business published by MCLE New England. This chapter dealt with leveraged buyouts and going- private transactions.  He also published a short article entitled Duty to Report Attorney Misconduct for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2010 Northeast Conference.  Prior to teaching, he worked as a corporate associate with the Boston office of Goodwin Procter, LLP and as a professional ballet dancer in Canada.

Courses: Business Organizations, Business Planning

Christine D. Allie

Assistant Professor of Law

 

Christine Allie is an Assistant Professor of Law at Widener’s Delaware campus. Before teaching, she consulted on international tax and trade matters for multinational corporations and also served as the Senior Law Clerk to Judge Thomas J. Aquilino at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York City. She completed her primary law degree at the University of Washington School of Law, holds an LL.M. from The University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, and is a candidate for the Doctor of Juridical Science, Taxation degree at the University of Florida. During her legal studies at the University of Washington, she served as the Comparative Federalism Program Fellow to the Institut d’Etudes européennes at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and was a stagiaire at Van Bael & Bellis, an EU competition, trade and regulatory law firm. She teaches and writes in the areas of federal taxation, comparative international taxation, and international trade law.

Juliet M. Moringiello

Professor of Law

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Professor Moringiello is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S., 1984) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1987), where she was a staff member of the Fordham International Law Journal. After graduating from law school, Professor Moringiello joined Emmet, Marvin & Martin in New York, New York, where she specialized in real estate and asset-based financing. From 1991 to 1993, Professor Moringiello was a Graduate Fellow in Legal Education at Temple University School of Law, from which she received her LL.M. in 1993. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania.
Professor Moringiello has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Georgia, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Maryland, the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and the Université de Paris X in Nanterre, France. During the Spring Semester of 2010, she served as the Robert M. Zinman Resident Scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Professor Moringiello has held numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is currently on the editorial boards of Business Law Today (the magazine of the ABA Business Law Section) and two publications of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI): the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and The ABI Journal.

Professor Moringiello is involved in a number of law reform activities. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and is Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Uniform Commercial Code Committee. In 2007, the Pennsylvania Bar Association honored Professor Moringiello with a Special Achievement Award for her work in the Uniform Commercial Code enactment process. Professor Moringiello has been a frequent commentator in the local and national media on the topic of Harrisburg’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. She has also testified before the Pennsylvania Legislature about Chapter 9 as a tool for resolving municipal financial distress.

Professor Moringiello writes in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial law and electronic commerce, and was honored by the Law School for this work with the 2006 Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award. She is a frequent speaker on those topics and has given presentations at the Annual Meetings of the ABA and AALS, the annual forum of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, and at programs presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Courses: Property, Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, Sales, the Law of Electronic Commerce, and Mortgage Crisis.

Lance Cole

Visiting Professor of Law

 Professor Cole has joined the faculty at Widener University School of Law as a Visiting Professor. Professor Cole received his J.D. at Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude, and his B.S. from the University of Arkansas, summa cum laude. Professor Cole’s research and teaching interests reflect his practice experience in white-collar criminal defense, securities regulation law, and government investigations and prosecutions. Professor Cole researches the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine, government regulation of business entities, and legislative practice and procedure. His most recent publications have focused on constitutional and common law privileges, and the government’s ability to overcome those privileges and compel disclosure of information from private individuals and business entities. Professor Cole has also served as the co-director of the Dickinson Law School Semester in Washington, D.C. Program.

Courses: Business Organizations, Congressional Investigations

D. Benjamin Barros

Visiting Professor of Law

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D. Benjamin Barros is the Dean of Faculty Research and Development and Associate Professor of Law at Widener’s Harrisburg campus. Professor Barros is a graduate of Colgate University (A.B., 1991) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996), where he was an editor of the Fordham Law Review. Since 2006, Professor Barros has been pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Professor Barros joined Widener in 2004 from the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where his practice focused on international litigation and arbitration. While in practice, Professor Barros taught International Arbitration as an adjunct at Fordham University School of Law. Professor Barros also practiced in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, and was a law clerk to the Honorable Milton Pollack of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. During the 2007-08 school year, Professor Barros was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. His research focuses on property law and theory, property law reform, and takings. In 2008, he was chair of the Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Courses: Property, Business Organizations, Real Estate Transactions, and Seminars on Takings and Property Theory.

Michael J. Hussey

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 Michael J. Hussey is an Associate Professor of Law on Widener’s Harrisburg Campus. Professor Hussey is a graduate of St. Louis University where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, and a B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude. Professor Hussey earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the St. Louis University Public Law Review, and received the Mel Friedman Fellowship for Outstanding Expertise in Property Law. Professor Hussey earned an LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Professor Hussey was an Associate Attorney with Mathis, Marifian, Richter & Grandy in Belleville, Illinois before joining the Tax and Estate Planning group at Husch & Eppenberger in St. Louis, Missouri.

Professor Hussey is admitted to practice in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Illinois (retired). He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. He taught Estate Planning as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University School of Law.

Professor Hussey joined the Widener faculty in July 2004. Professor Hussey writes in the areas of taxation, executive compensation, and estate planning and is the faculty director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, coordinating 25-30 volunteers preparing free tax returns for low to moderate income taxpayers. He is also a committee member of the Money In Your Pocket campaign that coordinates VITA sites in the greater Harrisburg area.

Courses: Federal Income Taxation, Wills and Trusts, Business Organizations, Tax Policy, and Estate Planning.