Jill Family

Widener Univ Commonwealth Law

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Widener Univ Commonwealth Law


Jill E. Family is Commonwealth Professor of Law and Government at Widener University Commonwealth Law School and is Director of Widener’s Law and Government Institute.  At Widener, Professor Family teaches Immigration Law, Introduction to Immigration Law Practice, Administrative Law and Civil Procedure.  She has a longstanding interest in government law that influences her teaching and her scholarship.  She holds a joint degree in public policy (MS) and law (J.D. high honors) from Rutgers University, and a degree in history (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania. 


Professor Family is known internationally for her work exploring the links between immigration law and administrative law. In addition to many US law journals, she has published in British and Spanish law journals. She was a Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary School of Law in London.  Her scholarship is available here: .


Additionally, Professor Family served as a member of the governing council of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and she was the 2010 Fellow of the National Administrative Law Judiciary Foundation. She testified before a US Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee on issues at the intersection of administrative law and immigration law.



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