B.A., University of California; 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 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.
Gender and Legal History in America Papers
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
"GU Law Center Celebrates Life, Legacy of Late Justice Ginsburg With Virtual Vigil," coverage in The Hoya, September 25, 2020, featuring Adjunct Professor Dori K. Bernstein, Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett, Distinguished Visitor from the Judiciary Nina Pillard, Professor Mitt Regan, Dean William M. Treanor, Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams, and Judge M. Margaret McKeown (LAW ’75).
"RBG Deserves to Be Believed," coverage by The Wall Street Journal, November 1, 2019, mentioning Professor Emerita Wendy Webster Williams and Adjunst Professor Mary Hartnett.
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill and Hillary Clinton reminisce about her nomination," coverage by The Washington Post, October 30, 2019, featuring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, attending the Law Center's Second Annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture, mentioning Professor Emerita Wendy Williams and Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett. Also covered by The New York Times.
"Ginsburg: Supreme Court Work Keeps Me Going After Latest Bout With Cancer," coverage in The Wall Street Journal, August 31, 2019, mentioning Adjunct Professor Mary Hartnett and Professor Emerita Wendy Williams.