Patricia J. Williams
Patricia J. Williams
James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
Patricia J. Williams writes the monthly "Diary of a Mad Law Professor" for the Nation magazine.
wry, witty columns cover broad issues of social justice, including the rhetoric of the war on terror, race, ethnicity, gender, all aspects of civil rights law, bioethics and eugenics, forensic uses of DNA, and comparative issues of class and culture in the US, France, and Britain.
Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law.
A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, she
has served on faculties of the University of Wisconsin School of Law
, Harvard University's
Women's Studies Program, and the City University of New York Law School at Queen's College
As a law professor, she has testified before congress, acted as a consultant and coordinator for a variety of public interest lawsuits, and served as a past member of the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights, of the Society of American Law Teachers, and of the Nation Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund.
is the recipient of the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley
, the Graduate Society Medal from Harvard
, and the MacArthur foundation "genius" grant.
Before entering academia, she
practiced law, as a consumer advocate and Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles
, and as a staff attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty
With an appreciation and support for multiculturalism and civil rights, she sits on several boards, including that of Wellesley College and the Andy Warhol Foundation.
has authored numerous articles for scholarly journals and popular magazines and newspapers including USA Today
, Harvard Law Review, Tikkun
, the New York Times Book Review
, The Nation, Ms. Magazine
, and the Village Voice
book, The Alchemy of Race and Rights, was named one of the twenty-five best books of 1991 by the Voice Literary Supplement and one of the "feminist classics of the last twenty years" that "literally changed women's lives," by Ms. magazine's Twentieth Anniversary Edition.
newest book is titled Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food, Piano Lessons, and a Search for a Room of My Own - personal collection of stories, essays, anecdotes, and biography.
has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows and has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences.
She has served as a guest commentator for a number of radio stations; and has served as a program consultant to Channel 13 and to Wisconsin Public Radio.
She has also served as a consultant and coordinator for a variety of public interest lawsuits.
has appeared in a number of documentary films, including That Rush! which she
wrote and narrated.
For information on how to invite Dr. Williams to speak at your event, please contact her speakers bureau, the American Program Bureau.