Editorial Board Bios
Patrick Furlong: Editor-In-Chief
Patrick is entering his third year at Widener University School of Law, during which he is proud to serve as the Editor-In-Chief of the Widener Law Review. During the course of his studies, he has been named to the Dean’s Honor List each semester, has earned a Widener Merit Scholarship, and also currently serves as an Academic Success Fellow. Prior to attending Widener Law, Patrick worked in the insurance industry for approximately four years. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with honors, while pursuing a double major in finance and marketing. Over the upcoming summer, Patrick will intern in the Philadelphia office of the Social Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel.
Colleen E. Durkin: External Managing Editor
Colleen is currently a second year student at Widener University School of Law and the External Managing Editor for the 2012-2013 year. Colleen graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Sociology. Her studies in Spanish also led her to spend a semester abroad in Granada, Spain. Prior to law school, Colleen worked in the mutual fund industry, where her duties included shareholder account services, quality assurance and training. Colleen received the Certificate of Achievement for Legal Methods I and worked as a law clerk for Durkin Law Offices, P.C. during the summer after her first year. Upon graduation, Colleen hopes to pursue a career in civil litigation in Delaware and/or Pennsylvania.
Erica L. Sharp: Internal Managing Editor
Erica graduated magna cum laude from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in three years with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Erica is third year student at Widener University School of Law and has been selected as the Internal Managing Editor of the Widener Law Review. During her studies at Widener, Erica has been selected to the Dean’s List and has earned Certificates of Achievement in Evidence and Legal Methods III. During the Summer of 2012, Erica was a judicial intern for the Honorable Michael J. Haas at the Superior Court of New Jersey in the Criminal Division in Mount Holly, NJ and in the Appellate Division in Westmont, NJ. She currently works as a research assistant for W. Wade W. Scott, Esq. of The Hogan Firm in Wilmington, DE and as a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Debra J. Cavalieri in Turnersville, NJ. She will be participating in the Veteran’s Law Clinic during her third year. After graduation, Erica hopes to clerk for a judge and eventually pursue a career in family law.
Brian McCarthy: Articles Editor
Brian graduated from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University) in 2007 with a B.A. in Communications and specialization in journalism. After his graduation, Brian worked as a newspaper reporter, and managed a state-level political campaign in Pennsylvania before coming to Widener. At Widener, Brian has been selected for Dean’s List each semester, and has placed within the top 5% of his class. He also worked as Professor McManamon’s teaching assistant in Fall 2011, and earned the Certificate of Achievement in Professional Responsibility. Additionally, Brian is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, in which he advanced to the quarter finals of the 2011 DiBona oral argument competition, and the octo-finals of the 2012 John G. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Competition held at Seton Hall. He is also a member of the Transactional Law Competition Team. During the summer of 2011, Brian interned with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; this past summer, he interned with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. This year, Brian will be serving as a clerk for Justice Henry duPont Ridgley of the Delaware Supreme Court as part of the Josiah O. Wolcott Fellowship. He hopes to pursue a career in litigation after he graduates from Widener.
Lauren J. Rosenman: Articles Editor
Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Penn State University in 2008, earning a B.A. in History and Religious studies. While at Penn State, Lauren achieved Dean’s List honors each semester. Immediately following graduation, Lauren worked as a paralegal for McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, an expanding regional firm representing mortgage lenders, banks, mortgage servicers and financial institutions in Pennsylvania. Lauren is currently a second year student at Widener University School of Law where she has achieved Dean’s list each semester and has placed in the top 5% of her class. Additionally, Lauren was awarded a Widener Merit Scholarship, and has earned Certificates of Achievement in Torts and Administrative Law. In the summer of 2011, she worked as a summer intern with the Carmen Group, a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey S. Farmer: Articles Editor
Jeffrey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kean University in Union, New Jersey in 2010, earning a B.A. in Political Science. Before enrolling at Widener University School of Law, Jeffrey successfully completed two legal internships with experienced practitioners in New Jersey. During his first year in law school, Jeffrey was selected to the Dean’s List each semester and earned a position in the top 5% of his class. Additionally he received a certificate of achievement in Civil Procedure. Jeffrey is currently a second year student at Widener and has been selected as an Articles Editor for The Widener Law Review. He hopes to pursue a career in products liability and employment law.
Suzanne Davies: Articles Editor
Suzanne graduated from Rowan University of New Jersey with a B.A. in Law and Justice Studies. Currently a second year student at Widener University School of Law, Suzanne has been awarded Dean’s List honors and earned a position as Articles Editor for Widener Law Review for the 2012-2013 academic year. Suzanne spent her 1L summer as an intern for the Honorable Raymond A. Batten, in Superior Court of Cape May County, New Jersey. Suzanne is also the current president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund of Widener Law.
Julie Harahush: Research Editor
Julie graduated from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, earning a B.A. in English with minors in World Politics and Economics. She earned a Paralegal Certificate from Widener University’s Legal Education Institute during the summer of 2009. Julie is currently a second year student at Widener University School of Law and earned the position of Research Editor on Widener Law Review for the 2012-2013 year. During the summer of 2011, she was a judicial extern for President Judge William E. Baldwin at the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County. After graduation, Julie hopes to pursue a career in Elder Law.
Matthew Pierce: Research Editor
Matt is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where he earned a B.A. in Government. Following graduation, he worked for the Delaware Department of State in the Division of Corporations. Matthew is currently a second year student at Widener University School of Law where he serves as Research Editor on the Widener Law Review. While at Widener, he has continuously earned Dean’s List honors and has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Copyright Law. In the summer of 2011, Matthew clerked in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas. Matthew will be spending this upcoming summer as a summer associate at a Wilmington, DE firm specializing in civil defense litigation.
Allen R. Thompson: Manuscript Editor
Allen graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a B.A. in History and Political Science. A fourth-year extended division student, Allen has earned a Certificate of Achievement in Constitutional Law, has been selected to Dean’s List, and serves as Secretary of the Federalist Society. Allen resides in Toms River, NJ with his wife and son, where he works full time. In his “free time,” Allen enjoys studying early American history, giving presentations on the Civil War to local schools, and studying politics.
Julie Nugent: Bluebook Editor
Julie is currently a third year, regular division student at Widener University School of Law on a Full Academic Scholarship. Julie currently serves as the Bluebook Editor of the Widener Law Review. Julie went to college at Boston University in Boston, MA (GO TERRIERS!!). While at Boston University, Julie was a founding member and executive board member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, and volunteered annually at Relay for Life, The Boston Marathon and the MSPCA. Also, while in Boston, Julie worked for The Sharma Group, an elite private equity and wealth management branch of Merrill Lynch, and also interned for the Superior Court of NJ in the Atlantic County Civil Division. Julie graduated from Boston U in 2010, earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Business Law. After graduating from Boston University, Julie worked as a summer law clerk for the D’Amato Law Firm in Linwood, NJ, which handles high profile and local personal injury cases. Along with Widener Law Review, Julie is also a member of the Intellectual Property Society. After her first year at Widener, Julie clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Johnston of the Superior Court of Delaware in the New Castle County Courthouse. This past summer, Julie worked for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in the Torts Litigation Section, and was certified to temporarily practice law in the state of Pennsylvania. During her third year at Widener, Julie will be participating and representing clients in the Environmental Law Clinic. After graduating from law school, Julie plans clerking for a judge in NJ.
Caitlin M. Gregory: Bluebook Editor
Caitlin graduated magna cum laude from Penn State University in 2010, earning a B.A. in both Psychology and Public Relations with a minor in Law. Caitlin is a third year student at Widener University School of Law where she has achieved Dean’s list and is the recipient of a Merit Scholarship. In the summer of 2011, she worked as a law clerk with the Delaware Department of Justice in the Consumer Fraud Division. During the Spring 2012 semester, Caitlin worked as an extern for Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke in the District Court of Delaware. In the summer of 2012, she worked as a legal intern with the Delaware chapter of the ACLU. Upon graduation, Caitlin hopes to practice in Delaware pursuing a career in public interest.
William J. Kassab: Bluebook Editor
William graduated Magna Cum Laude from Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Natural Resources Management and Policy and a certificate Geographic Information Systems. While at Paul Smith’s College, he was an active member of Paul Smith’s Outing Club, and participated in RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa) four times. Following graduation, he worked for Rumford & Rumford General Contractor and H.B. Electric. William is currently a third-year student at Widener Law and one of Widener Law Review’s Blue Book Editors. William is also currently an intern with Widener Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. William hopes to pursue a career in environmental law following graduation.
Robert J. Schweiger: Business Editor
Robert graduated from Penn State University with a B.A in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He has been awarded Deans Honors in each semester attended. Now in his second year at Widener University School of Law, Robert has recently been selected as the Business Editor of Widener Law Review. This past summer he clerked for Judge Anthony Sarcione of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. Robert is also a member of Widener’s Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, assisting in the Professional Development Committee and the Social Committee. Robert is interested in various areas of law including Criminal, Personal Injury, Product Liability and Intellectual Property.
Russell Uliase: Associate Editor
Russell is a soon-to-be third year student who graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He majored in General Business, which allowed him to structure his classes to compose a concentration that was effectively a hybrid between Finance and Accounting. He spent six summers working at his parents’ Federal Workers’ Compensation firm where he drafted original correspondence, answered certain client inquiries, and composed complaints to be filed with the U.S. District Court. In the summer of 2011, he interned with The Honorable Patricia Richmond, J.S.C., where he drafted tentative dispositions for summary judgment motions, aided in the judge’s decision for various discovery motions, and performed legal research. During his third year, Russell will be serving as an Associate Editor and will be doing comprehensive semi-final checks of prospective Law Review articles.
Michael Overman: Associate Editor
Michael is currently a third year student at Widener University School of Law. He graduated cum laude from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, earning a B.A. in Spanish. Upon graduation he was inducted into the National Spanish Honor Society. During his studies at Widener, he has earned Dean’s List honors each semester and has received a Certificate of Achievement in Legal Methods III. In addition, he serves as a fellow in the Academic Success Program.