About Artika Rangan Casini

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Artika Rangan Casini is the managing editor of the University of Delaware Magazine. Outside of work, she serves as vice president of public relations for the Brandywine Toastmasters Club and as alumni director on the Board of Directors for the Charter School of Wilmington—one of the top-ranked high schools in America. She holds a master’s in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Delaware.

Articles written by Artika Rangan Casini

People First

Charlene Morring went from being a single mom on welfare to launching a solo firm and paying kindness forward 

A $75 check arrives in the mail. Charlene Morring is not yet the lawyer who will champion the rights of the injured and infirmed; or the board member who will assist children and families experiencing homelessness; or the woman who will feed the forgotten members of her community. She is a 20-year-old single mother on government assistance, holding a check from a local nonprofit that will provide clothes and Christmas presents for her 2-year-old, truck-loving son. She stands at the mailbox and …

Much Ado About Something

From the stage to the courtroom, Andrew Janet keeps his audience with him

Andrew Janet’s obsession with theater began when he was cast as the lead of a school production in the fourth grade. Nearly three decades later, the busy attorney, firm partner, and father of two has less time for theatrical pursuits. But the echoes of his first love, and the lessons learned from the stage, continue to reverberate. “A lot of what we do in theater is make sure the audience stays with you, and understands what you’re saying,” he says. “That’s law. When you’re making …

Come. Sit. Stay.

Visiting Matt Andersen’s dog-friendly beertopia

Tucked just minutes away from the highways of Allentown is a property so lush and breezy that the only thing missing is a nice cold one. Lucky for dudes, dames and dogs alike, that’s no longer an issue, thanks to the Retriever Brewing Company (RBC), owned and operated by liquor lawyer Matt Andersen.  His ideal brewery was warm, welcoming, and dog- and family-friendly. And when the “too-good-to-be-true” opportunity to purchase Willow Tree Grove arose in 2021, he jumped. Less than a year …

The Crooked Path

Any journey contains sudden shifts, Brionna Denby knows

It wasn’t long after the death of Thurgood Marshall on Jan. 24, 1993 that a young Brionna Denby carted a VHS tape into her third-grade classroom, stood before her classmates, and presented a report on the life and legacy of the Supreme Court justice. She expounded on Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board, and the man who would become the first Black justice on the highest court in the land.  Now a senior counsel at Wilmington’s Cohen Seglias office, Denby works in government law, regulatory …

On the Wall for Justice

For Bruce Plaxen, it’s about the law, his clients, and what’s right

Greed, Bruce Plaxen discovered early in his career, lurks in all industries. Even on the grounds of a small-town carnival, which is one of the first places the Plaxen Adler Muncy founder encountered it.  Plaxen’s client, a teenage boy, hopped on a ride equipped with just a lap bar, and was spun around and around before being tossed out. The attendant wasn’t paying attention. “So while my client was on the ground, the ride kept going thwack, thwack, thwack, and hitting him in the …

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