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Widener University Delaware Law School dean and alumni in national spotlight on Today show

Magisterial Judge Deborah Lukens and Magisterial Judge Jodi Lukens Griffis and Dean Todd Clark

Dean Todd J. Clark, and an inspiring mother-daughter judge duo, Magisterial Judge Deborah Lukens ‘91 and Magisterial Judge Jodi Lukens Griffis ’05, took center stage on the nationally acclaimed Today show recently, sitting for an interview with host Savannah Guthrie on NBC.

The feature highlighted the inspiring journey of Deborah Lukens, who enrolled at Delaware Law as a single mother facing financial challenges. Overcoming adversity, she forged a successful career that served as an inspiration for her daughter, Jodi Lukens Griffis, who also pursued her legal education at Delaware Law. As Deborah Lukens prepares to retire, their story resonated as a testament to resilience and achievement.

During the segment, Clark made a significant announcement—the establishment of the Judge Deborah Lukens Scholarship. Delaware Law will award an incoming, fall 2024 student – who has overcome tremendous obstacles and shown extreme dedication to their education, like Deborah Lukens – with a $35,000 scholarship. It will renew over three years of full-time studies.

"The Judge Deborah Lukens Scholarship embodies Judge Lukens' spirit and determination. We hope, through it, to change the life of a future legal leader and help them start their own remarkable career journey,” Clark said.

In addition to what Clark announced on Today, Widener University will seek donations to help grow the scholarship for greater impact. Those interested in learning more may visit