Chapin Cimino

Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board, Region 1


I am an incumbent on the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board, and I am up for re-election in 2019.  I am a product of public schools and I believe wholeheartedly in public education. I moved to Wallingford-Swarthmore three years before my first child arrived – just to be in this district, which I had heard was excellent.  Excellent has indeed been my experience over the past nearly 22 years living here, from kindergarten in Swarthmore through the high school in Wallingford. It is a privilege and honor to serve on the School Board.

I am a lawyer, law professor, and mother of (as of this writing) high school daughters.  I graduated from Denison University with BA in History and French Area Studies, and worked for two years in New York City in public relations before going to law school.  I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997 with a JD, and promptly moved to Swarthmore! At the University of Chicago I learned how to appreciate multiple perspectives.  I am progressive by nature, and yet I understand that there is truth in all of our unique and multifaceted experiences. I make sure to listen to all relevant information and consider multiple perspectives before making voting decisions on the Board.  I often seek a middle way – as a law professor I have written about Aristotelian legal theory – and I bring that philosophy to my service on the Board.

Currently I am a full, tenured Professor of Law at Drexel University.  I teach Contracts, First Amendment, and Media Law. I have been there since 2006.  Prior to that, I taught legal writing at Villanova University School of Law. Before that, I practiced commercial litigation, media law, and higher education law at Pepper Hamilton LLP.  In between practice and teaching, I stayed home with my two daughters for two and a half years. In my free time I practice mindfulness, yoga and creative writing.