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Wendy Webster Williams

Professor Emerita

B.A., J.D., University of California

Professor Williams is best known for her work in the area of gender and law, especially concerning issues of work and family, and is the co-author...

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Professor Williams is best known for her work in the area of gender and law, especially concerning issues of work and family, and is the co-author of a 1996 casebook on gender and law. She helped draft and testified before Congressional committees on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1976, she was a law clerk for Justice Raymond Peters of the California Supreme Court, a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, and a founder of Equal Rights Advocates, a public interest law firm in San Francisco. Professor Williams served on the National Research Council Panel on Employer Policies and Working Families and the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee to the Yale Bush Center Project on Infant Care Leaves. She is a past-president of the Society of American Law Teachers and is a member of the American Law Institute. Since 1983, she has been a member of the board of the Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program. She served as Associate Dean of the Law Center from 1989-93.

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Gender and Legal History in America Papers

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Wendy Webster Williams & Richard H. Chused, Women and Law in American History (Carolina Academic Press forthcoming).   

Books

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Wendy Webster Williams & Mary Hartnett, My Own Words (New York: Simon & Schuster 2016).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Wendy Webster Williams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Equal Protection Clause: 1970-80, 25 Colum. J. Gender & L. 41-49 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Rutgers Years: 1963-1972, 31 Women's Rts. L. Rep. 229-257 (2010).    [HEIN] [W]
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All Scholarship 1977 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Wendy Webster Williams & Richard H. Chused, Women and Law in American History (Carolina Academic Press forthcoming).   

Books

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Wendy Webster Williams & Mary Hartnett, My Own Words (New York: Simon & Schuster 2016).    [BOOK]
  • Supreme Court Decisions and Women's Rights: Milestones to Equality (Claire Cushman ed.; Wendy Webster Williams, Jeffrey Rosen & Susan Deller Ross editorial advisors, Wash., D.C.: CQ Press 2001).    [BOOK]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, Barbara Allen Babcock, Ann E. Freedman, Susan Deller Ross, Rhonda Copelon, Deborah L. Rhode & Nadine Taub, Sex Discrimination and the Law: History, Practice, and Theory
    (Boston: Little, Brown & Company 1996).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Wendy Webster Williams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Equal Protection Clause: 1970-80, 25 Colum. J. Gender & L. 41-49 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Rutgers Years: 1963-1972, 31 Women's Rts. L. Rep. 229-257 (2010).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Wendy Webster Williams & Deborah Jones Merritt, Transcript of Interview of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, April 10, 2009, 70 Ohio St. L.J. 805-824 (2009).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, The Gifts of Mary Dunlap (1949-2003), 19 Berkeley Women's L.J. 12-16 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, Emma Coleman Jordan, Elizabeth Hayes Patterson, Pamela Bridewater & Kylar Brondus, Panel One: Movements in the Legal Academy, 5 Geo. J. Gender & L. 817-838 (2004).    [HEIN]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, Notes from a First Generation, 1989 U. Chi. Legal F. 99-113.    [HEIN]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, Equality's Riddle: Pregnancy and the Equal Treatment/Special Treatment Debate, 13 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 325-380 (1984-1985).    [HEIN]
  • Wendy Webster Williams & Nadine Taub, Will Equality Require More Than Assimilation, Accommodation or Separation from the Existing Social Structure, 37 Rutgers L. Rev. 825-844 (1985).    [HEIN]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, The Equality Crisis: Some Reflections on Culture, Courts, and Feminism, 7 Women's Rts. L. Rep. 175-200 (1982).    [HEIN]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Wendy Webster Williams, Kriza Ravnopravnosti: Neka Razmišljanja o Kulturi, Sudovima i Feminizmu [The Equality Crisis: Some Reflections on Culture, Courts, and Feminism], in Žene i Pravo: Feminističke Pravne Teorije 97-108 (Uredila Ivana Radačić ed., Zagreb, Croat.: Centar za Ženske Studije 2009).   
  • Wendy Webster Williams, The Equality Crisis: Some Reflections on Culture, Courts and Feminism, in Sports and Inequality 348-355 (Michael J. Cozzillio & Robert L. Hayman, Jr. eds., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2004).    [BOOK]
  • Wendy Webster Williams & Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Court Architect of Gender Equality: Setting a Firm Foundation for the Equal Stature of Men and Women, in Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan's Enduring Influence 185-198 (E. Joshua Rosenkranz & Bernard Schwartz eds., New York: W.W. Norton 1997).    [BOOK]
  • Wendy W. Williams, De l'Exclusion à l'Intégration: Législation Protectrice et Affirmative Action, in Différence des Sexes et Protection Sociale: XIXe-XXe Siècles 135-162 (Leora Auslander & Michelle Zancarini-Fournel eds., Saint-Denis, Fr.: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes 1995).   
  • Wendy Webster Williams, American Equality Jurisprudence, in Equality and Judicial Neutrality 115-127 (Sheilah L. Martin & Kathleen E. Mahoney eds., Toronto: Carswell 1987).    [BOOK]
  • Wendy Webster Williams, Sex Discrimination: Closing the Law's Gender Gap, in The Burger Years: Rights and Wrongs in the Supreme Court, 1969-1986, at 109-124 (Herman Schwartz ed., New York: Viking 1987).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Amici Curiae Family Law Scholars in Support of Petitioners, Obergefell v. Hodges, Nos. 14-556, 14-562, 14-571, 14-574 (U.S. Mar. 6, 2015).   

Congressional Testimony

  • Parental and Disability Leave: Hearing on H.R. 2020 Before the H. Comm. on Post Office & Civil Serv., 99th Cong., Oct. 17, 1985 (Statement of Wendy Webster Williams) (CIS-No.: 86-H621-17).   
  • Discrimination on the Basis of Pregnancy, 1977: Hearing Before the S. Subcomm. on Labor of the S. Comm. on Human Res., 95th Cong., Apr. 26, 1977 (Statement of Wendy Webster Williams) (CIS-No.: 77-S411-29).   
  • Legislation to Prohibit Sex Discrimination on the Basis of Pregnancy: Hearing on H.R. 5055 & H.R. 6075 Before the H. Subcomm. on Emp't Opportunities of the H. Comm. on Educ. & Labor, 95th Cong., Apr. 6, 1977 (Statement of Wendy Webster Williams) (CIS-No.: 77-H341-30).   
Recent scholarship

In the News

"Herma Hill Kay, Champion of Women in Law and Friend to Ginsburg, Dead at 82," coverage by The Recorder, June 13, 2017, quoting Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams.

"Justice Ginsburg Denounces Unconscious Gender Bias," coverage in The Hoya, April 28, 2017, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Invigorated Justice Ginsburg Says 'I Love My Job'," coverage in Law.com, April 28, 2017, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Gregory Clay: Supreme words from the Notorious RBG," coverage in Tulsa World, April 9, 2017, featuring an event with Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams.

"‘Notorius RBG’: Ginsburg as irrepressible as ever," coverage in the Las Vegas Sun, April 7, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams.

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"Herma Hill Kay, Champion of Women in Law and Friend to Ginsburg, Dead at 82," coverage by The Recorder, June 13, 2017, quoting Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams.

"Justice Ginsburg Denounces Unconscious Gender Bias," coverage in The Hoya, April 28, 2017, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Invigorated Justice Ginsburg Says 'I Love My Job'," coverage in Law.com, April 28, 2017, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Gregory Clay: Supreme words from the Notorious RBG," coverage in Tulsa World, April 9, 2017, featuring an event with Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams.

"‘Notorius RBG’: Ginsburg as irrepressible as ever," coverage in the Las Vegas Sun, April 7, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams.

"Ginsburg Recalls Landmark Cases, Talks New Biography," coverage by The Hoya, February 24, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams. This story also covered by The GW Hatchet.

"W&L, VMI Host Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," coverage in the Washington and Lee University News, February 2, 2017, featuring Professor Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

“Justice Ginsburg makes her first visit to the military institute she remade”, coverage by the Washington Post, February 1, 2017, quoting Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emeritus Wendy Williams.

"Admitting women to VMI made it 'a better place,' Justice Ginsburg says," coverage in the Martinsville Bulletin, February 1, 2017, featuring Professor Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Visits Military Institute Whose Doors She Opened to Women," coverage in The National Law Journal, February 1, 2017, featuring Professor Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"BOOK REVIEW: MY OWN WORDS BY RUTH BADER GINSBURG," coverage by Wisblawg, December 10, 2016, featuring the a biography written by Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Doing justice," coverage by The Jerusalem Post, November 17, 2016, mentioning Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her 'Own Words,'" coverage in USA Today, October 3, 2016, featuring Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett.

"Simon & Schuster to Publish Writings of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," coverage by New York Times, March 10, 2016, mentioning Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy W. Williams. This story was also covered in The National Reporter.

"Ginsburg—and Reform—Highlight Law School Gathering," coverage in The National Law Journal, January 5, 2015, featuring Professor Wendy Williams.

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