Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer

Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer is an immigration attorney serving as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco. Her project focuses on providing immigration relief to high school students and their families. Prior to this position, Ms. Kelley-Widmer was an attorney advisor at the San Francisco Immigration Court from 2013 to 2015. Ms. Kelley-Widmer has worked on a wide range of immigration cases, including humanitarian relief such as political asylum and visas for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She is fluent in Spanish and has served as a legal interpreter.

Ms. Kelley-Widmer published an article entitled “Gang-Related Asylum Claims: Looking Back and Looking Forward” in the Immigration Law Advisor in 2015. She also published “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.

Ms. Kelley-Widmer graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law and earned degrees in writing and Spanish from Ithaca College. She is a member of the California bar.


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