Alison Donahue Kehner
Legal Writing Professor

B.A., University of Delaware
J.D., Villanova University School of Law

Phone: 302.477.2197

Alison Donahue Kehner is a Legal Writing Professor at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Kehner graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware in 1994, where she was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was the team founder and president of the University of Delaware Crew Team. Professor Kehner graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University School of Law in 1997, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and received the St. Ives Medal for graduating first in her law school class. She also served as a staff member and Symposium Editor of the Villanova Law Review.

Following graduation, Professor Kehner began her legal career as a law clerk in the federal trial and appellate courts. She first clerked for the Honorable Mary L. Cooper, United States District Court, District of New Jersey from 1997-1999. Professor Kehner then served as an appellate law clerk for two years in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Morton I. Greenberg for the1999-2000 court term, and the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, for the 2000-2001 court term.

Before joining the Widener Law faculty, Professor Kehner worked in private practice as an associate attorney in the litigation department at Dechert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 2001-2003. Professor Kehner’s practice included both litigation and counseling in all aspects of employment law. A substantial part of Professor Kehner’s litigation practice involved representing clients in appellate matters before state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. While at Dechert, Professor Kehner was also an adjunct Legal Methods Professor at Widener Law from 2002-2003.

Professor Kehner is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Legal Writing Institute and the Delaware Valley Legal Writing Consortium. She teaches and writes in the areas of legal writing and analysis, and professionalism.

Professor Kehner is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Selected Recent Publications


  • Ramifications of St. Mary's Honor Center v. Hicks: The Third Circuit's Revival of "Pretext-Only" at Summary Judgment, 41 Vill. L. Rev. 1287 (1996).