Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (Lawyering)
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Contact Information
Cornell Law School
256C Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-9898
Fax: (607) 255-7193
Email: jak533@cornell.edu

Gina Jackson
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Email: gj13@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer teaches first-year Lawyering. She joined the Lawyering Program in 2017 after having taught Academic Writing for LL.M. students as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law from 2016 to 2017.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Notes Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, Professor Kelley-Widmer clerked at the San Francisco Immigration Court through the Department of Justice Honors Program. After her clerkship, she worked as an Equal Justice Works fellow at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco, where she focused on representing immigrant youth and their families in their applications for immigration relief. Professor Kelley-Widmer’s experience includes representing immigrant clients in applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), naturalization, political asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and visas for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She is fluent in Spanish and has served as a legal interpreter.

Professor Kelley-Widmer has published several articles, including "Gang-Related Asylum Claims: Looking Back and Looking Forward" in the Immigration Law Advisor in 2015, and "To Plea or Not to Plea: Retroactive Availability of Padilla v. Kentucky to Noncitizen Defendants on State Postconviction Review" in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law in 2012.

Professor Kelley-Widmer is a member of the California Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


B.A., Ithaca College, 2008
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2013