Michael R. Dimino, Sr. is an Associate Professor of Law on Widener's Harrisburg
Campus. Professor Dimino is an honors-program graduate of the State University of New
York at Buffalo, where he earned baccalaureate degrees, summa cum laude, in Political
Science and History (1998); and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., 2001),
where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. 

After graduating from law school, Professor Dimino served as Chief Clerk to Associate
Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt of the New York State Court of Appeals, and then clerked for
Senior Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Paul L. Friedman of the United States District
Court for the District of Columbia. Professor Dimino is admitted to practice in New York,
Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and is a member of the Federalist Society
for Law and Public Policy Studies. 

Professor Dimino joined the Widener faculty in July 2004 and teaches in the areas of
constitutional law, election law, legislation, constitutional criminal procedure, federal
courts and supreme court politics. His scholarship focuses on rights of political
participation and judicial selection methods. 

Constitutional Law


The Natural and the Familiar in Politics and Law, Saint Louis University Law Journal (2012)
Voting Rights and Election Law (with Bradley Smith and Michael Solimine) (2010)


Police Paternalism: Community Caretaking, Assistance Searches, and Fourth Amendment Reasonableness, Washington and Lee Law Review (2009)

Police spend an estimated two-thirds to four-fifths of their time on “community-caretaking” activities having little...




Accountability before the Fact, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy (2008)



Public Confidence And Judicial Campaigns, Wayne Law Review (2010)

Sports Law


Sports Law: Cases and Materials (with Michael J. Cozzillio, Mark S. Levinstein, and Gabe Feldman), Michael J. Cozzillio (2007)

Intellectual Property


Symposium, Internet Expression in the 21st Century: Where Technology & Law Collide: Introduction (with Tonya M. Evans-Walls and Nicole M. Santo), Widener Law Journal (2010)