Jill M. Fraley Associate Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8259

Email: fraleyj@wlu.edu

Office: 466 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

Legal History, Property, Enviromental Law


BA, 1999, Yale

JD, 2002, Duke University

LLM, 2008, Yale

SJD, 2011, Yale


A graduate of Yale University, completing dual programs in History and Religious Studies (1999), with her J.D. from Duke University School of Law (2002), her LL.M. from Yale Law School (2008), and J.S.D. from Yale Law School (2011), Dr. Fraley is a legal historian who focuses her research on property and environmental issues. She practiced law for more than six years, working primarily in toxic torts and premises liability. 

She has taught at the University of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Law School and Yale Law School. She currently teaches property, environmental law, law & geography and legal history. Her recent writings focus on the legal history of Appalachia, property, cartography and the development of territorial jurisdiction. 

She often represents abused and neglected children in Appalachia. In her spare time, she is a multi-media artist who creates textiles and publishes photographs of Appalachian landscapes.

Recent Publications

Water, Water, Everywhere: Surface Water Liability (Jill M. Fraley) Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law (2015)

The Jurisprudence of Nature: The Importance of Defining What is "Natural" (Jill M. Fraley) Catholic University Law Review (2014)

Comment: Knowledge Circles and the Duty of Care (Jill M. Fraley) Washington and Lee Law Review (2014)

Colonial Property, Private Dams, and Climate Change in Virginia (Jill M. Fraley) Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal (2013)

- See Prof. Fraley's full list of publications at her Scholarly Commons page.