Seton Hall Law Community Mourns the Loss of Professor Emeritus E. Judson Jennings
Seton Hall University School of Law is saddened by the death of Professor Emeritus E. Judson Jennings who passed away in New York City on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the age of 76. The
building Seton Hall Law proudly calls home owes much to Professor Jennings, who worked
closely with Dean Emeritus Ronald Riccio on its design.
Preceded in death by his sister Eleanor Jennings, he is survived by his wife of 47
years, Merilee R. Jennings of Manhattan, his brother Douglas Jennings, of Wilmington,
NC, son Stephen Jennings of Pawling, NY and daughter Kirsten Jennings Meadow of Greenwich,
After growing up in Livingston, NJ, he attended Princeton University, class of 1964
and earned his JD at Georgetown Law School. Professor Jennings began his career in
public interest law as one of the original “storefront lawyers” at Legal Services
on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and in Hell’s Kitchen, as well as at Columbia
University Welfare Law Center, and Legal Services for the Elderly Poor. For more than
10 years, he was one of the original cohort of volunteers at The Door Youth Services
Center, providing legal services for at-risk juveniles.
After serving as a Clinical instructor at NYU School of Law’s Urban Law Clinic, he
began his long teaching career at Seton Hall Law with a focus on civil litigation
subjects. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1982-1983. For over
a decade he co-taught popular seminars illuminating aspects of Constitutional and
Immigration Law and Public Policy with Congressman Peter Rodino (D-NJ).
His extensive publications highlight his interest in and keen understanding of the
impact of computer technology, the internet, and the phenomena of online social communities
upon the development and practice of law.
Popular with students and co-workers alike, he was named teacher of the year in 1986
A voracious reader and avid connoisseur of music and theater, Professor Jennings’s
broad knowledge, legendary humor and willingness to give of his time are his legacy
to his students, friends and family.