Jill E. Family
FamilyJill235Professor of Law
Director, Law & Government Institute

B.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Rutgers University
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Camden

E-mail: jefamily@widener.edu
Phone: 717.541.3911
Twitter: @widenerLG  

Jill E. Family is known internationally for her scholarly work in immigration law. Her immigration law scholarship examines the government’s procedures in deciding who may enter and who may remain in the United States. Professor Family’s work draws on administrative law and constitutional law, as well as comparative study of procedures in other countries. She has studied extensively the U.S. immigration court system, immigration agency policymaking, the role of the federal courts in immigration law, and the relationships between the three branches of government in setting, implementing, and interpreting immigration law. Her scholarship has been published in British and Spanish law journals, in addition to many U.S. law reviews.

Professor Family’s teaching also focuses on procedure. She teaches Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Immigration Law, and Introduction to Immigration Law Practice.

As the Director of the Law and Government Institute at Widener, Professor Family works with students, government officials, legislators, judges, attorneys, and the public to explore legislation, the intersection of law and policy, and the work of administrative agencies. For students, the Institute provides knowledge and insights about how government works, the skills lawyers use when representing clients before the government, and the skills lawyers use when representing the government itself.

During the spring of 2012, Professor Family was a Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary School of Law in London, England. She received the 2011 Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award and the National Administrative Law Judiciary Foundation selected Professor Family as its 2010 Fellow. Her article, Administrative Law through the Lens of Immigration Law, was selected for reprinting in an anthology of immigration law scholarship. Professor Family also is a Fellow of the American Bar Association’s American Bar Foundation.

Prior to joining the Widener faculty, Professor Family served as a law clerk to the Honorable Morton I. Greenberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Family also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law, practiced immigration law in the Philadelphia office of Dechert LLP, and clerked for the Honorable Stephen M. Orlofsky of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Professor Family holds an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania (cum laude) and a joint degree in public policy and law from Rutgers University (M.S.; J.D. high honors). While at Rutgers, Professor Family served as an editor of the Rutgers Law Journal.

Selected Recent Publications
  • Removing the Distraction of Delay, 64 Catholic L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2014).
  • Easing the Guidance Document Dilemma Agency by Agency: Immigration Law and Not Really Binding Rules, 47 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 1 (2013).
  • Administrative Law Through the Lens of Immigration Law, 64 Admin. L. Rev. 565 (2012).
  • A Broader View of the U.S. Immigration Adjudication Problem, 25 Journal of Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Law 245 (2011) (United Kingdom; peer-reviewed).
  • Murky Immigration Law and the Challenges Facing Immigration Removal and Benefits Adjudication, 31 J. Nat’l Ass’n Admin. L. Judiciary 45 (2011).
  • Beyond Decisional Independence: Uncovering Contributors to the Immigration Adjudication Crisis, 59 U. Kan. L.R. 541 (2011).