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Louise Hill

Distinguished Emerita Professor of Law

B.A., Pennsylvania State University

M.Ed., Boston University

J.D., Suffolk University Law School


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 302.477.2123


Louise Lark Hill is Distinguished Emerita Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law’s Delaware campus. Professor Hill received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1970; a M.Ed. from Boston University in 1972; and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1978, where she served on the Suffolk University Law Review. 

Following graduation from law school, Professor Hill clerked for the Honorable Don J. Young, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1978-80. Professor Hill joined the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio, 1980-83, during which time she was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law. Professor Hill joined the faculty at the University of Toledo College of Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor from 1983-84, and served there as Assistant Professor of Law from 1984-86, and as Associate Professor from 1986-87. 

Professor Hill joined the faculty at Widener Law as a Visiting Associate Professor from 1987-88, served as Associate Professor from 1988-92, and has served as Professor of Law since 1992. 

Professor Hill was Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs from 1995-97.  From 2011-14, she was designated a Distinguished Professor.  Professor Hill is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and she teaches and writes in the areas of Commercial Law, Professional Responsibility and Wills and Trusts. 

Professor Hill has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. She has also served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Advertising, and was appointed as the Commission’s Chair.  Professor Hill has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Advisory Council of the Commission on Responsibility in Client Development and has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Professional Responsibility Section.  She is currently on the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manuel on Professional Conduct.

What inspires me to teach?

Students are my inspiration for teaching.  I feel very fortunate to be able to interact with smart and engaging students on a daily basis.  The community culture at Widener makes me want to come to school every day.  Watching students grow as aspiring lawyers is a gift, and I find I learn as much from them as they do from me.

What do you learn when you study law in Delaware?

Being a small state, Delaware gives those who study law here many opportunities for access to the courts, the government and civic leaders.  Perhaps one of the most important things you’ll learn is the “Delaware Way.”  In Delaware, those associated with law practice exhibit a civility and professionalism that is not routinely found across the legal profession.  Not only do students receive an excellent education from faculty that care, but they learn a way of conducting themselves that enhances both their professional and personal lives.