Widener professor awarded fellowship to study lack of transparency in immigration law
Public Relations - Published: July 13, 2010
Widener University School of Law congratulates Associate Professor Jill E. Family on winning the 2010 fellowship given by the National Administrative Law Judiciary Foundation.

The foundation, which is the public interest arm of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges, promotes the study and research of administrative law. Its fellowship was endowed to encourage research and scholarship that promotes the improvement of administrative justice.

After receiving a record number of entries, the foundation’s fellowship committee selected Family’s proposal for an article titled, “The Lack of Transparency in Immigration Law and the Immigration Adjudication Crisis.”

Through the fellowship Family will examine how immigration law is opaque to lawyers and to immigrants, and she will discuss how the lack of transparency contributes to some of the problems plaguing the immigration court system. She will research and prepare an original article for publication in the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary and will present her work at the group’s annual conference in Malibu, Calif. in October.

Family teaches 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 in the areas of administrative law and civil procedure. She serves on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center in York, Pa. and has chaired the Immigration and Naturalization Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She joined the Widener faculty in 2005.