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Alicia Brokars Kelly
Distinguished Professor of Law

B.A., Temple University
J.D., Temple University
LL.M., Legal Education, Temple University

Phone: 302.477.2185

Alicia Kelly, a Professor at Widener University School of Law in Delaware, is an expert in family law and property law. Professor Kelly’s scholarship focuses on intimate relationships, economic behavior, inequality, and gender. Her recent work proposes comprehensive development and implementation of a partnership of equals theory to economic relations laws for both married and unmarried couples, and across the life cycle. Professor Kelly is also co-authoring a Property Law text (with Nancy Knauer) for the Practice and Context Series (by Carolina Academic Press) slated for publication in 2013. She has published numerous articles in law reviews, spoken in many academic and public settings, and has also organized symposia and academic conferences. Professor Kelly’s core teaching areas are Family Law, Property Law, Wills and Trusts and a seminar on Money, Intimacy & Law.

Professor Kelly was the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Family & Juvenile Law in 2010-2011, and held a number of leadership positions prior to that. She is currently also a member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Women and Legal Education.

Professor Kelly holds an LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple University School of Law, where she was an Abraham L. Freedman Fellow and Lecturer of Law, and also earned her B.A. (magna cum laude) and her J.D. (cum laude) from Temple University. Prior to joining Widener, she was an assistant professor at Western State University College of Law. Also, in spring 2010, she was a visiting professor at Temple Law. Before her academic career, Professor Kelly was in private practice concentrating on complex domestic relations and general civil litigation. She is also a trained mediator. During law school she was a law clerk for the Honorable Judge William F. Hall in the Federal District Court, 3rd Circuit. Professor Kelly is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Colorado.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Sharing Inequality, 2013 Mich. St. L. Rev. 593.
  • Better Equity for Elders: Basing Economic Relations Law on Sharing and Caring, 21 Temple Political and Civil Rights L.J. 101 (2012)
  • Actualizing Intimate Partnership Theory, 50 Fam. Ct. Rev. 258 (2012)
  • Navigating Gender in Intimate Partnership Law and in Feminism, 14 J. L. & Fam. Stud.1 (2011/2012)
  • Money Matters in Marriage: Unmasking Interdependence in Ongoing Spousal Economic Relations, 47 Louisville L. Rev. 113 (2008).
  • Rehabilitating Partnership Marriage As A Theory of Wealth Distribution at Divorce: In Recognition of A Shared Life, 19 Wis. Women's L.J. 141 (Fall 2004).
  • Explaining Intuitions: Relating Mergers, Contribution and Loss in the ALI Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution, 8 Duke J. of Gender Law & Pol'y 180 (Spring/Summer 2001).
  • The Marital Partnership Pretense and Career Assets: The Ascendancy of Self Over the Marital Community, 81 Boston Univ. L. Rev. 59 (February, 2001)
  • Sharing a Piece of the Future Post-Divorce: Toward A More Equitable Distribution of Professional Goodwill, 51 Rutgers L. Rev. 569 (1999)
  • What to Do With the Client Who Lies or Intends to Lie, In or Out of Court, 9 AM. J. Fam. L. 75 (1995) (with David Hofstein)