Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons has announced key faculty and staff changes for the upcoming academic year on the school’s Delaware campus.


Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons has announced key faculty and staff changes for the upcoming academic year on the school’s Delaware campus.

“This is an outstanding group of people and we are fortunate to have them on our Widener team,” Ammons said. “Each one of them will bring unique talents and insights to the school, and I’m certain they will all make significant contributions to the outstanding legal education we already provide our students.”

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 22. The appointments take effect July 1, unless otherwise noted.

Faculty changes include:

Luke M. Scheuer joins the faculty as an assistant professor of law. He comes to the school having held adjunct positions at Boston College Law School, University of Massachusetts School of Law and Boston University School of Law where he was teaching advanced legal skills courses on contract and corporate drafting.

Before teaching, he held a judicial clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and also worked as a corporate associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. Scheuer holds a law degree from Boston College Law School. He will teach a course in business organizations this fall.

Steven H. Steinglass joins the faculty as a visiting distinguished professor for the fall 2011 semester. Steinglass is dean emeritus and professor of law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, a title he has held since 2005, when he stepped down from serving nine years as the law dean to return to the faculty.

Steinglass is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University School of Law. He is a nationally known expert on civil rights litigation and will teach classes at Widener on civil procedure and civil rights.

Andre L. Smith joins the faculty as an associate professor of law. He came to Widener in the fall of 2010 as a visiting associate professor and this new appointment makes him part of the full-time, tenure-track faculty. Smith teaches classes on administrative law and federal income tax.

He had previously taught at Florida International University College of Law in Miami since 2004. He holds a master of laws degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and a law degree from Howard University School of Law.

Rebecca Scalio joins the faculty as an assistant professor of legal methods. Scalio came to Widener in the fall of 2009 as a member of the adjunct faculty and in 2010 she became a visiting legal writing professor. This new appointment makes her part of the full-time, permanent faculty.

She holds a law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she taught legal writing and appellate advocacy before coming to Widener. She also practiced law with Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, where she focused on chapter 11 debtor and creditor representation and corporate litigation, respectively.

In addition, Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law Lawrence A. Hamermesh returns from an 18-month leave of absence to resume his position as director of the school’s Institute of Delaware Corporate & Business Law. While on leave Hamermesh served as senior special counsel with the Office of Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.

Associate Professor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. returns to the criminal law faculty after taking a two-year leave of absence, which he spent serving as chief counsel to U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman of Delaware, and then as deputy special inspector general and chief of staff for the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Administrative changes include:

Distinguished Professor Andrew L. Strauss takes over the role as associate dean for faculty research and development. He replaces Erin Daly, who has held the position since it was created in the fall of 2007. Daly will become the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law. Strauss has been a part of the Widener Law faculty since 1990 and holds a law degree from New York University School of Law.

He teaches and writes in the areas of public international law, international economic law, international transactions and international organizations.

Widener Law alumnus Troy Riddle ‘08 joined the administrative staff in April as the school’s new multi-cultural affairs officer. Riddle previously worked for the Law School Admission Council, where he was assistant director in the Office of Diversity Initiatives. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty, teaching the course, “Law Practice in the 21st Century” this summer.