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About Juliet M. Moringiello

Juliet M. Moringiello has been teaching and writing about bankruptcy law since she arrived at Widener in the 1990s. When the City of Harrisburg fell into financial distress almost 20 years later, Professor Moringiello focused her attention on a topic of great local interest, municipal bankruptcy. She has published several law review articles on the relationship between state and federal approaches to alleviating municipal financial distress, and has been a frequent commentator in the national and international news media about Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and the dismissed bankruptcy filing and subsequent state receivership of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Professor Moringiello is a versatile scholar who writes in the areas of bankruptcy, secured credit, and electronic commerce, and her articles have been published in several top law reviews. In 2010, she served as the Robert M. Zinman Resident Scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Professor Moringiello is a leader in the bar on both the national and state levels and has held numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association Business Law Section. She presently serves as vice-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Business Law Section.
She is deeply involved in law reform work and played a key role in the enactment in Pennsylvania of several revised articles of the Uniform Commercial Code. The Pennsylvania Bar Association recognized her for her law reform work with a Special Achievement Award in 2007. Professor Moringiello is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.  In 2015, she was appointed as a Uniform Law Commissioner for Pennsylvania.
In 2013, the Central Penn Business Journal named Professor Moringiello a “Woman of Influence.”
In 2014, the graduating class honored Professor Moringiello with the Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, and she has received the Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award twice.


Present Commonwealth Professor of Business Law; Director, Business Advising Program, Widener University Commonwealth Law School



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  • Bankruptcy
  • Property
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Seminar on Cities in Crisis

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