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About Jill M. Fraley

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.


Present Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law



Research Interests


  • Property Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Law and Geography
  • Legal history

Contact Information

Office: 466 Sydney Lewis Hall
Phone: 540-458-8259
Fax: 540-458-8488

Articles (17)

Contributions to Books (1)

Presentations (3)