Jill E. Family
FamilyJill235Associate Professor 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

Jill E. Family is an Associate Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus and is also Director of the Law & Government Institute. At Widener, Professor Family teaches Administrative Law, Civil Procedure and Immigration Law.

Professor Family’s research focuses on immigration law and administrative law. She has extensively studied the U.S. immigration court system, including the role of the federal courts, and is engaged in a comparative study of the immigration court systems of the United States and the United Kingdom. Other current projects explore the intersections between immigration law and administrative law, including study of agency sub-regulatory rules.

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 is an active member of the American Bar Association. She is a member of the governing council of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, as well as a member of the advisory board to the Commission on Immigration. She is also a Fellow of the ABA’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 a degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania (cum laude) and a joint degree in public policy and law from Rutgers University (J.D. high honors). While at Rutgers, Professor Family served as an editor of the Rutgers Law Journal.


Selected Recent Publications
  • Easing the Guidance Document Dilemma Agency by Agency: Immigration Law and Not Really Binding Rules, 47 U. Mich. J.L. Reform (forthcoming 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).