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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 and has taught a variety of classes in law, policy, leadership and public administration at institutions in Massachusetts and New Jersey over the course of the past 20 years.

Williams is an active leader in the profession, including in the American Bar Association where she is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In the ABA Section of Litigation, she is a member of the Council and is immediate past Managing Director. Previously she served as the ABA Deputy Representative to United Nations and as an Associate Editor to the Litigation News magazine. Williams is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

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 has been recognized for her global work with the Esther Project by a United States Senator, a state legislature and numerous organizations and publications.

Education

  • B.A. in Political Science, Rutgers University
  • MPA, Rutgers University
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • Tiffany Williams, Court Compels Settlement Despite Client Protests, LITIGATION NEWS, Summer 2011 HeinOnline
  • 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, Traps, and Reminders, LITIGATION NEWS, Fall 2009 HeinOnline
  • 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)

Awards

  • Tiffany Williams, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez's Woman of Achievement Award
  • Tiffany Williams, NJ Business Magazine's Top 50 Women In Business Award
  • Tiffany Williams, Super Lawyers Rising Star (magazine cover feature)
  • Tiffany Williams, New Jersey State Bar Association's Young Lawyer of the Year
  • Tiffany Williams, Rutgers University Distinguished African American Alumni Award
  • Tiffany Williams, NJ General Assembly Speaker's Shirley Chisholm Award
  • Tiffany Williams, Nat'l Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Sojourner Truth Award
  • Tiffany Williams, The Network Journal's 40 Under Forty Achievers Award
  • Tiffany Williams, Morris County Bar Association's Young Lawyer of the Year
  • Tiffany Williams, Garden State Bar Association's Young Lawyer Award
  • Tiffany Williams, Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey's President's Award
  • Tiffany Williams, Panelist, The Trial Lawyer's Guide to Success and Happiness II: Mindfulness and Wellness in Your Legal Career and Beyond, ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, New York, May 2019
  • 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
  • Evidence
  • Administrative Law