Widener University announces Gaming Law Class

| By Josephine Watson

Widener University Commonwealth Law School Dean Christian A. Johnson announced the school will offer an expanded gaming law course in the spring 2020 semester. The instructor for the two-credit course will be Widener Law Commonwealth alumna Susan Hensel, director of licensing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

It is the first time the law school has offered a full, semester-long elective course on this topic since 2009.

“Pennsylvania is now one of the largest gaming states in the United States and we want to take a more active role in providing first-class educational opportunities to meet the demands of the legal community in serving this industry,” Johnson said. “We are fortunate to have 1997 alumna Susan Hensel as our adjunct professor for the course. Susan previously was involved in the offering of a course on gaming law between semesters at Widener, and we found a strong interest among our students for this subject matter.  Moreover, the students found her to be extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic.”

Hensel was the first person hired by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and continues as its director of licensing. She is the past president of the International Association of Gaming Regulators, a position she held for two terms. She recently stepped down from the board of trustees for that global organisation.  She also is on the advisory board of All-In Diversity, a nonprofit organisation with a global reach working to address issues of diversity and inclusion within the gaming sector. Hensel is a sought-after speaker on gaming law and regulation around the world, and has published numerous articles on gaming regulation.

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, applied leadership, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. Widener University Commonwealth Law School is the Pennsylvania capital’s only law school, with three specialised centers of legal scholarship through its Law & Government Institute, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Business Advising Program. Widener Law Commonwealth offers an exceptional learning experience that is personal, practical, and professional. Visit commonwealthlaw.widener.edu for more information.

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