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Alicia Brokars Kelly
Distinguished Professor of Law and Co-Director, Family Health Law & Policy Institute 

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

Phone: 302.477.2185

Alicia Kelly is a Professor at Widener University School of Law in Delaware and is an expert in Family Law and Property Law. Professor Kelly’s scholarship focuses on family relationships, economic behavior, inequality, and gender. Her work addresses laws and policies concerning economic relations laws for married and unmarried couples, as well as for inter-generational family relationships, including the elder care system. Professor Kelly is also co-authoring a learning centered Property Law textbook that draws on best practices for legal education for the Practice and Context Series (by Carolina Academic Press) slated for publication in 2015 (with co-author Nancy Knauer). 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 is a co-director of the Family Health Law & Policy Institute at Widener Law Delaware that is dedicated to legal and public education and to reforming laws and policies that concern families and their health. She continues to serve on the executive board of Association of American Law Schools Section on Family & Juvenile Law, following a term as section Chair in 2010-2011 and a number of other leadership positions prior to that. Professor Kelly is currently also a member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Women and Legal Education, as well as for the Collaborative Research Network for Law & Aging through the Law and Society Association.

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. She also has held appointments as a visiting professor and an adjunct professor at other law schools. 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)