Faculty Spotlight: Linda L. Ammons

05/11/2018
Linda Ammons, Adjunct Professor and Dean Emeritus of Widener University School of Law

Which of your books or articles should I read to get a sense of your research?

Many of my articles have been focused on equality for women. If I were to pick one or two I would suggest the article in the Wisconsin Law Journal, entitled: “Mules, Madonnas, Babies and Bathwater.” This article was a feminist jurisprudence/public health/criminal law/critical race piece seems to be among the ones most read by students and scholars. The other article I would suggest, published by the Rutgers Law Review, is: “What’s God Got to Do with It?” This work dealt with misogyny and religion.  I am also most proud of an investigative report I submitted to the Governor of Delaware in 2010 which dealt with pedophilia. Twelve laws were passed as a result of that work. I was also published several times as part of the Dean’s anthology of articles in the University of Toledo Law Review. People interested in university administration, deanships or just weathering the storms of leadership may find those articles different and interesting.

What is it about being a law school professor that inspires or motivates you?

This semester I returned to the classroom after 15 years of legal education administrative work. I did not realize how much I missed it. Working with the legal leaders of the future always gives me a charge.  I am participating in the formation of a legal professional by shaping how they think about the law and problem solving. The honor is great motivation for me.

When students ask you what they should read outside the required textbooks and other law-related books, what do you suggest?

I have just finished a “Great Courses” lecture series by linguist John McWhorter, entitled “Language A to Z”. It was great. I was an English major, but I focused on literature as opposed to being a linguist. However, I am always so curious as to why and how we say things, and the evolution of language in general. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy teaching statutory interpretation, as well as Administrative Law.

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