Posts Tagged ‘Delaware’

Delaware, the first state for corporation law

July 29th, 2011 No comments

Paul ReganWidener Law professor Paul Regan was part of a panel on Delaware: The First State for Corporation Law at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. Other speakers were:  Randy J. Holland, The Supreme Court of Delaware; Robert S. Saunders, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Andrea B. Unterberger, Corporation Service Company. The moderator was Leslie Corey Leach of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

We have Leslie’s great handout on sources for Delaware corporation law research available for download in case you missed it.

Delaware Campus Library Closed Tomorrow

May 20th, 2011 No comments

Tomorrow, May 20th is graduation on the Delaware campus. Congratulations to all of our graduating students! The Delaware campus library will be closed tomorrow. We will be open Sunday from Noon to 5 PM.

See the library website for a complete list of library hours.

First Women Admitted to Delaware Bar in 1923

April 28th, 2011 No comments

Delaware was the last state to admit women to the Bar (except possibly Alaska, but that depends on which source you check). Not until 1923, when the state constitution was amended to permit women to be “officials of the state” could women become lawyers. Sybil Ursula Ward and Evangelyn Barsky were both admitted to the state bar in that year.

Sybil Ursula Ward was  from a family of prominent Delaware lawyers. Once admitted to the bar she worked for her family’s law firm Ward & Gray, which is today Potter Anderson & Corroon. She was also the first woman elected to the Wilmington City Council.

Evangelyn Barsky was the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants. Her father was a successful merchant. She practiced law with her brother Victor and in 1935 became assistant city solicitor in Wilmington. She was also active in the Republican Party. Unfortunately she was killed in an automobile accident in 1936.


Jacqueline Paradee Mette. “Women in the Delaware Bar” in The Delaware Bar in the Twentieth Century. The Delaware State Bar Association. 1994

Jewish Women in America: An American Historical Encyclopedia. Routledge. 1998

Jewish Women’s Archive, Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.

Chancellor Chandler to Retire

April 26th, 2011 No comments

chandlerWilliam Chandler, Chancellor of Delaware’s influential Court of Chancery has announced his retirement. He has been on the Court for 22 years. Chandler recently gave the keynote address at a Widener corporate law symposium.

The News Journal, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomburg have more information.

Delaware Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments at Widener

April 12th, 2011 No comments

Delaware Supreme CourtOn Wednesday April 20th the Delaware Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in 3 cases at Widener. The briefs for each case are available on Westlaw. Why not read them in advance so you’ll have a better understanding of the cases? Links to each brief are below.

10:00 AM – Docket no. 644, 2010 Reddy v. PMA Insurance

Attorneys:  – Gilbert Shelsby – David A. Denham, Widener Law ’02

2011 WL 597854 (Del.Supr.) (Appellate Brief-Reply Brief of Defendant-Appellant, Santosh Reddy, M.D.) February 12, 2011.

2011 WL 439128 (Del.Supr.) (Appellate Brief-Answering Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellees, The PMA Insurance Company and CNA Insurance Company a/s/o Harbor Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, Inc.) January 27, 2011.

11:00 AM – Docket no. 711, 2010 Anderson v. State

Santino Ceccotti, Widener Law ’06 – Elizabeth McFarlan, Widener Law ’98

2011 WL 597856 (Del.Supr.) (Appellate Brief-Appellant’s Reply Brief) February 14, 2011.

2011 WL 439131 (Del.Supr.) (Appellate Brief-State of Delaware’s Answering Brief) January 27, 2011.

Noon – Docket no. 573, 2010 Phlipot v. State

Bernard J. O’Donnell – Abby L. Adams, Widener Law ’97

2011 WL 80292 (Del.Supr.) (Appellate Brief-Appellant’s Opening Brief) January 3, 2011.

2011 WL 512363 (Del.Supr.) (Appellate Brief-State’s Answering Brief) February 7, 2011.

Lost something?

March 16th, 2011 No comments


If you’ve lost something in the library be sure to stop by the circulation desk to check out the library lost and found. We have many lost items, from jackets and gloves to eyeglasses. What is the current “most lost” item in the library? Yes it’s travel mugs. If you can’t find your favorite mug take a look at our lost and found.

photo:  aaronparecki at flickr

Delaware campus library will be open

January 11th, 2011 No comments

The Delaware campus library will be open for regular hours this evening, 1/11 and tomorrow, 1/12, even if classes are canceled. Please check the campus weather alert page for information on classes.

Closed for the Holidays

December 22nd, 2010 No comments

The law library, like the rest of the Delaware campus, will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd through January 2nd. We will reopen on January 3rd. Please check our holiday hours for more information.

Enjoy the holidays!

Meet the Library Staff: Michael Slinger

November 15th, 2010 No comments

Slingernew135x180Michael Slinger is the Associate Dean for Information Services and Technology, Professor of Law and the Director of the Legal Information Center. He grew up in the Pittsburgh area, majored in history and English literature at the U. of Pittsburgh, received his master’s degree in library science from the University of South Carolina, and received his J. D. from Duquesne University.

Although Michael gained experience working in law firms, he sought an academic career and started teaching first year legal research as a librarian at Notre Dame Law

School. Six years later he moved to Boston, where he was Director of the law library for five years. He enjoyed 13 years as Director, Professor, and Associate Dean at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before coming to Widener in 2008. Michael likes the variety of his work at Widener, which involves not only the administrative and technological aspects of the Library, but teaching his course “Legal Issues of the American Civil War.” He tries to teach his students to realize that legal issues are often ignored when history is taught in schools, and that the details of history should be used to guide future actions and laws.

Michael is happy to be in this area because of its many historic sites. He attends local Civil War Round Table meetings and conferences at the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. For relaxation he likes to attend musical events at Longwood Gardens.

Michael and his wife Cheryl have two Daughters, Rebecca & Sarah and their household is completed by a Miniature Schnauzer named Rugby.

Delaware campus library closed Friday July 30 to Sunday August 1

July 29th, 2010 No comments

Important Announcement —

Due to a power outage on campus, the Delaware campus library will be closed from Friday July 30th through Sunday August 1st. We will reopen Monday August 2nd.