Professor of Law
Amy Widman
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-3166

Amy Widman joined Rutgers in 2019 and teaches torts, administrative law, legal writing, and law and inequality. Previously she was an associate professor of law at Northern Illinois University College of Law and deputy director at the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School.

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Professor Widman’s scholarship focuses on how our justice systems can better address inequality through increasing access. Her research uses a variety of methods to uncover and propose solutions to gaps in justice throughout our courts, agencies and other legal institutions. Her work has been published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Cardozo Law Review, Florida Law Review, Administrative Law Review, NYU Annual Survey of American Law, Yale Law and Policy Review, Buffalo Law Review, Journal of Law and Policy, Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice and in other legal and peer-reviewed journals, books, congressional testimony, and court documents. She is the Secretary of the AALS Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  

Her practice background is in access to justice policy, as Deputy Director of the National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School, the Legal Director at the Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Environmental and Land Use Law at New York University Law School. In 2022, she was named a law faculty fellow at the Office of General Counsel, United States Office of Management and Budget. As a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, Professor Widman has researched best practices for agencies to identify and reduce administrative burdens.

Professor Widman teaches torts, administrative law, law and inequality, and legal writing.  In addition, she has taught federal courts, legislation, advanced torts, legal writing, and policy advocacy courses focused on access to justice issues at Northern Illinois University College of Law and Fordham Law School. In 2021, students and faculty awarded her Professor of the Year.

Professor Widman received a J.D. from New York University Law School and a B.A. in comparative literature and creative writing from Northwestern University. She clerked for Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the New York bar.




"Identifying and Reducing Burdens in Administrative Processes," 76 Administrative Law Review __ (forthcoming 2024)(with Pamela Herd and Donald Moynihan)

"The False Premise of State Administrative Adjudication," 61 Harvard Journal on Legislation __ (forthcoming 2023)

"Inclusive Agency Design," 74 Administrative Law Review 23 (2022)

"Protecting Consumer Protection: Filling the Federal Enforcement Gap," 69 Buffalo Law Review 1157 (2021)

Tracking Client Outcomes: A Qualitative Assessment of Civil Legal Aid’s Use of Outcomes Data, with Recommendations,” 25 Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice 435 (2019)(with David Udell)

"The Role of Data in Organizing an Access to Justice Movement," 87 Fordham Law Review Online 196 (2019)(with James Gamble)(invited)

Strategies of Public UDAP Enforcement,” 55 Harvard Journal on Legislation 37 (2018) (with Prentiss Cox and Mark Totten)

Interpretive Independence: The Irrelevance of Judicial Selection and Retention Methods to State Statutory Interpretation,” 70 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 377 (2015)

“The Rostrum Principle: Why the Boundaries of the Public Forum Matter to Statutory Interpretation, 65 Florida Law Review 1447 (2013)

State Attorneys General Use of Concurrent Public Enforcement Authority in Federal Consumer Protection Laws,” 33 Cardozo Law Review 53 (2011) (with Prentiss Cox)

Advancing Federalism Concerns in Administrative Law Through a Revitalization of Enforcement Powers: A Case Study of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008,” 29 Yale Law & Policy Review 165 (2010)

Liability and the Health Care Bill: An ‘Alternative’ Perspective,” 1 California Law Review Circuit 57 (2010)(Invited)

Federal Administrative Health Courts Are Unconstitutional: A Reply to Elliott, Naryan, and Nasmith,” 33 Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law 799 (2008)(with Francine Hochberg)(invited, peer reviewed)

The Racial Implications of Tort Reform,” 25 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 161 (2007)(with Joanne Doroshow)

Why Health Courts are Unconstitutional,” 27 Pace Law Review 55 (2006)

Replacing Politics with Democracy: A Proposal for Community Planning in New York City and Beyond,” 11 Journal of Law & Policy 135 (2002)


Testimony, "Contingent Fees and Conflicts of Interest in State AG Enforcement of Federal Law," U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, February 2, 2012


“Representing Justice, 64 Journal of Legal Education 348 (2014)


"Class Actions," in Consumer Survival: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety and Protection, Reiboldt, W., & Horn Mallers, M., eds., ABC-CLIO Publishers (2013)(invited)

"Consumer Product Safety Commission," in Consumer Survival: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety and Protection, Reiboldt, W., & Horn Mallers, M., eds., ABC-CLIO Publishers (2013)(invited)



Courses Taught
  • LAWRS II 11
  • LAWRS II 5
  • Administrative Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Interdisciplinary Legal Studies
  • Legal Education
  • Legislation & Statutory Interpretation
  • Society (Law &)
  • Torts