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About Laura K. Ray

Laura K. Ray is Professor of Law at Widener Law Delaware.  She received an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, an M.Phil. in English from Yale University in 1969, a Ph.D. in English from Yale University in 1971, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981.

Following her law school graduation, Professor Ray clerked for Associate Justice Ellen Peter of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1981-82.  After practicing for three years with the New London, Connecticut firm of Waller, Smith, & Palmer, she returned to the Court to serve as Executive Assistant to then Chief Justice Peters from 1985-88.

Professor Ray joined the Widener law faculty in 1988, serving as Visiting Assistant Professor from 1988-89, Assistant Professor of Law from 1989-91, Associate Professor of Law from 1991-97, and Professor of Law since 1997.  Her courses include Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Civil Procedure, Legislation, and a seminar on the Supreme Court. Her scholarship currently focuses on the Supreme Court, its Justices, and judicial language.  

Among her professional activities, she has written for the SCOTUSblog website and speaks annually on the Supreme Court’s docket to students in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Delaware.


Present Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School



Research Interests

Contact Information

Widener University School of Law
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE 19803


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