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Widener Law names new jurist in residence for Harrisburg campus

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Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt
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Widener University School of Law's Harrisburg campus has named its second jurist in residence, as Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt will take over the position starting this semester.

Leavitt steps in for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas G. Saylor, who became the Harrisburg campus's first jurist in residence in 2009.

As part of the position, Leavitt will teach about special problems in government litigation, give lectures on important legal issues in Pennsylvania, and be available for consultation with faculty and law students, according to the school.

Leavitt has been with the Commonwealth Court since 2002 and previously was at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Harrisburg. She also had a private practice dealing with administrative law, appellate practice and insurance regulatory law.

She is a graduate of Dickinson School of Law.

Her first lecture at the school is Feb. 26 on the use of civil forfeiture in the war on drugs, with a Pennsylvania emphasis.

Saylor was in the position through the spring 2013 semester. Mary Allen, spokeswoman for Widener Law, said the position was created to be a "nonpermanent position" that rotates among different judges. Allen said the school spent the fall semester finalizing plans with Leavitt.

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