Amy WidmanAmy Widman
Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., New York University



Phone:  (815) 753-1331
Room:  197D



Amy Widman joined the NIU Law Faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2011. Her primary research and teaching interests are in tort theory, administrative law, and the legislative process. Before coming to NIU, she worked as the Legal Director at the Center for Justice & Democracy, a non-partisan consumer advocacy group, where she was responsible for political and legislative campaigns to support the civil justice system.

Professor Widman is a cum laude graduate of New York University Law School, where she was a staff editor for the Annual Survey of American Law. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Comparative Literary Studies.

Following law school, she clerked for Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and was a Research Fellow at the Center for Environmental and Land Use Law at New York University. Prior to joining the NIU law faculty, she also taught as an adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Faculty News for Professor Widman

Recent Activities

  • Presenter, "Accountability and Independence as an Inter-Branch Dialogue: The Relationship between State Legislatures and State Judiciaries on Matters of Statutory Interpretation and Methods of Judicial Selection," Law and Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 2014.
  • Presenter, "Progressive Federalism Conference," Chicago-Kent College of Law, September 7, 2013.
  • Presenter, "The Rostrum Principle of Statutory Interpretation," Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, November 3, 2012.
  • Contributor, Encyclopedia of Consumer Safety and Protection (Reiboldt, W., & Horn Mallers, M., eds.)(2012, scheduled release). ABC-CLIO Publishers.
  • Testified, “Contingent Fees and Conflicts of Interest in State Attorney General Enforcement of Federal Law," U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee - Subcommittee on the Constitution, Thursday, February 2, 2012.
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  • “Reframing Accountability and Independence as an Inter-Branch Dialogue: Examining the Relationship between State Legislatures and Judiciaries on Matters of Statutory Interpretation and Methods of Judicial Selection,” (forthcoming, NYU Annual Survey of American Law, 2015).
  • Book Review, “Representing Justice,” 64 Journal of Legal Education ___ (forthcoming November 2014).
  • "The Rostrum Principle: Why the Boundaries of the Public Forum Matter to Statutory Interpretation," 65 FL. L. Rev. 1447 (September 2013).
  • “State Attorneys General Use of Concurrent Public Enforcement Authority in Federal Consumer Protection Laws,” 33 Cardozo L. Rev. 53, 54 (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 Cal. L. Rev. Circuit 57 (2010).
  • “Federal Administrative Health Courts Are Unconstitutional: A Reply to Elliott, Naryan, and Nasmith,” 33 J. Health Pol. Pol'y & L. 799 (2008)(with Francine A. Hochberg).
  • “The Racial Implications of Tort Reform,” 25 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 161 (2007)(with Joanne Doroshow).
  • “Why Health Courts are Unconstitutional,” 27 Pace L. Rev. 55 (2006).
  • “Replacing Politics with Democracy: A Proposal for Community Planning in New York City and Beyond,” 11 J.L. & Pol’y 135 (2002).

Areas of Expertise:

Torts, Administrative Law, Legislation