Widener University School of Law Associate Professor Jill E. Family
has taken on two new leadership responsibilities in her subject expertise of immigration law.
This month, Family was named chair of the Immigration and Naturalization Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She was also elected to a seat on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center in York, Pa. The center provides legal services to foreign nationals under government detention at the York County Prison and at other Pennsylvania facilities
Family works on Widener’s Harrisburg campus, where she also serves as associate director of the school’s Law & Government Institute
. In addition to immigration law, she teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law and civil procedure. Family said her ABA committee will work toward resolving issues that hinder the adjudication of immigration cases.
“The immigration courts face many challenges, including a lack of attorney representation for foreign nationals appearing in court,” Family said. “My committee aims to make these problems more visible and to work toward solutions.”
In addition, Family will serve as the liaison from the ABA’s administrative law section to its Commission on Immigration, which works to promote due process for immigrants and refugees in the United States.
Family joined the Widener faculty in 2005 after serving as a law clerk to Judge Morton I. Greenberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. She previously taught as an adjunct professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, practiced immigration law in the Philadelphia office of Dechert LLP and clerked for Judge Stephen M. Orlofsky of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.