- Law and Linguistics
- Antidiscrimination Law
- Insurance Law
Jill Anderson joined the UConn Law faculty on a fulltime basis in the fall of 2010, after a highly successful two-year appointment as a visiting professor of law. Prior to that appointment she taught for four years at Western New England College School of Law, a position she took after two years as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at Western Mass Legal Services, where she represented low-income disabled individuals challenging discriminatory housing policies and insurance practices.
Professor Anderson is a graduate of Columbia University Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar. She conducted graduate work in linguistics at Stanford University and the University of Copenhagen before a growing interest in social justice led her to the law. Her combined expertise in language and the law informs her scholarly article, “Just Semantics: The Lost Readership of the American Disabilities Act” (published in the Yale Law Review), in which she writes about an ambiguity in the American Disabilities Act that renders the statute susceptible to nine different readings, all but one of which have been missed by the courts. She also has presented on the topic at numerous scholarly events, including the annual meetings of the Association of American Law Schools and the Society for Disability Studies.
Among other courses, Professor Anderson teaches Law and Interpretation, a seminar in which she calls upon her expertise in linguistics to help students identify unsound arguments that abound in legal reasoning about language.