Jill Engle

Jill Engle

Professor of Clinical Law
Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs
Director, Family Law Clinic

Curriculum Vitae

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J.D., American University, cum laude
B.A., Penn State

Professor Jill C. Engle directs Penn State Law's Family Law Clinic, which represents clients in domestic violence and other family law cases. The Clinic also does policy work for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, among other organizations. Professor Engle’s scholarship examines the rights of domestic violence victims, economic rights of divorced women, international domestic violence issues, and best practices in legal education. Professor Engle has done public interest work for decades, including with Head Start and the National League of Cities. While in law school she was part of the legal team with Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C. that handled a pro bono appeal for a Texas death row inmate in federal court.

Professor Engle served as a law clerk for the Honorable Neal Kravitz on the D.C. Superior Court. Besides Morgan Lewis, she has also worked at commercial law firms in Bethesda, Maryland and State College, Pennsylvania. Professor Engle remained active in pro bono work while in private practice, and was a recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's 2010 Pro Bono Advocate Award. During law school at American University, Engle was granted a Marshall-Brennan fellowship to teach Constitutional Law in an impoverished Washington, D.C. high school. Professor Engle serves on numerous national, state and local boards and committees regarding legal education and the practice of law.

Comparing Supreme Court Jurisprudence in Obergefell v. Hodges and Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales: A Watershed Moment for Due Process Liberty, 17 Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law (forthcoming, 2016). 

"Taming the Tigers: Domestic Violence, Legal Professionalism, and Well-Being," 4 Tenn. J. Race, Gender & Soc. Just. 1 (2015).

"Mandatory Reporting of Campus Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: Moving to a Victim-Centric Protocol that Comports with Federal Law," 24 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 401 (2015).

"Promoting the General Welfare: Legal Reform to Lift Women and Children in the United States Out of Poverty," 16 Iowa J. Gender, Race & Just. 1 (2013).

"Collaborative Law in Legal Education: No Time Like the Present," 2 Penn State Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation 65 (2010).

"Confronting Domestic Violence," The Pennsylvania Lawyer 30 (September-October 2012).

"Preparing for the Challenges of Child Witnesses," 10 Children’s Rights Issue 39 ABA (2008).             


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