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Tiffany Williams

Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
School of Law

Biography

Professor Williams is an Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing and also teaches courses in Evidence and academic support. She is a former New Jersey Administrative Law Judge where she conducted hearings and issued written decisions in varying regulated areas including special education, employee discipline, civil rights, banking, insurance, public utility rate setting, public assistance, child welfare, regulated professionals, and environmental matters.

Williams has served as a senior advisor to several leaders in New Jersey government over the course of her career prior to coming to Pepperdine Law, including as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor, as Chief Counsel to the Speaker of the General Assembly, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (where she oversaw the state's election system), and as agency counsel at the NJ Civil Service Commission (the state's personnel agency). Prior to law school, Williams also served as Special Assistant to former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

Prior to government service, Williams gained significant litigation experience in civil and criminal practice while serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, as well as working at the law firms of Riker Danzig (NJ) and Mintz Levin (Boston). She clerked in the Massachusetts Appeals Court after law school. During law school, Williams served as an intern at the White House for the Office of Legal Counsel to President William Jefferson Clinton.

Williams maintains a passion for teaching. While serving as an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice at Seton Hall School of Law, she also served as the Director of Externship Programs, the Director of Mock Trial Programs, taught Administrative Law and Persuasion & Advocacy, created and led the Esther Project Biblical Leadership Study, and served as the Faculty Advisor to the Esther Empowerment Society. In her first year at Seton Hall Law, she was nominated for Professor of the Year. Williams also taught management and leadership courses in Master of Public Administration Programs at Rutgers, Kean and Seton Hall Universities.

In addition to her legal career,  Williams is an ordained minister and an advocate for the global advancement of women and girls. Through her ministry work, she is a published author and Founder/CEO of a non-profit women's empowerment movement called the Esther Project. Williams initiated the first student chapter of the Esther Project at Seton Hall Law.

Education

  • B.A. in Political Science and Government, Rutgers University
  • MPA, Rutgers University, Camden
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • Tiffany Williams, Court Compels Settlement Despite Client Protests, LITIGATION NEWS, Summer 2011
  • Tiffany Williams, Seventh Circuit Criticizes Court for Disregarding Corroborative Evidence, LITIGATION NEWS, Oct. 2010
  • Tiffany Williams, Examining the Feasibility of a National Uniform Bar Exam, LITIGATION NEWS, Jan. 2010
  • Tiffany Williams, Facebook: Ethics, Tarps, and Reminders, LITIGATION NEWS, Fall 2009
  • Tiffany Williams, Protecting the Common Interest from Imputed Disqualification, LITIGATION NEWS, Nov. 2009

Book Chapters

  • Tiffany Williams, Signed, Sealed & Delivered: My Life As A Government Lawyer, in THE WOMAN ADVOCATE, American Bar Association (2nd ed. 2010)

American Bar Association

  • Tiffany Williams, Council, Section of Litigation (2015-present)
  • Tiffany Williams, Deputy Representative to the United Nations (2015-2018)
  • Tiffany Williams, Managing Director, Section of Litigation (2018)
  • Tiffany Williams, Associate Editor, Litigation News Magazine (2008-10)
  • Tiffany Williams, Co-Chair of the following committees: 2016 Section Annual Conference; Young Advocates Committee; Co-Chair, Young Lawyer Leadership Program; CLE Committee; Pro Bono & Public Service Committee; Pro Bono Standing Committee; Children’s Rights Working Group
  • Tiffany Williams, Moderator, A New Global Agenda for Women, American Bar Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, August 2017
  • Tiffany Williams, Panelist, Women Supporting Women in Business, United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, New York, NY, March 2017
  • Tiffany Williams, Moderator, Litigation Primer on UN Sustainable Development Goals, American Bar Association Section Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2016
  • Tiffany Williams, Moderator, Can I Tweet? Ethics of Technology and Social Media in the Courtroom, ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, Miami, April 2011
  • Tiffany Williams, Panelist, Ethics of E-Discovery, ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, New York, April 2010
  • Tiffany Williams, Panelist, Inadvertent Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege, ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 2009

Topics

  • Legal Research & Writing