Professor Joan C. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair, and the Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School/Massachusetts Institute of Technology, J.D., and Master's Degree in City Planning (1980); Yale University, B.A., History (1974); and Princeton Day School (1970).
Described as having "something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, Williams was awarded the American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000). In recognition of her interdisciplinary work, Williams gave the 2008 Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison. She is the author or co-author of over seventy academic articles and several books, most recently What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Every Woman Should Know (forthcoming NYU Press, 2014) with her daughter, Rachel Dempsey. Williams’ work on the advancement of women can be found online at www.newgirlsnet.com and www.toolsforchangeinSTEM.org. Follow her Huffington Post blogthe WorkLife Law website is www.worklifelaw.org.
Courses Taught: Property; Feminist Legal Theory; and a Seminar on Current Issues on WorkLife Law
Expertise: Work/Family issues
My favorite part about teaching you is... involving students in making creative legal arguments that push the limits of the law.