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Patricia J. Williams

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Patricia J. Williams

Patricia J. Williams

Columnist

Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University, was born in Boston in 1951 and holds a BA from Wellesley College and a JD from Harvard Law School.

She was a fellow in the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College and has been an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School Law School and its department of women's studies. Williams also worked as a consumer advocate in the office of the City Attorney in Los Angeles.

A member of the State Bar of California and the Federal Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Williams has served on the advisory council for the Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice of the City University of New York and on the board of governors for the Society of American Law Teachers, among others.

Her publications include Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave, On Being the Object of Property, The Electronic Transformation of Law and And We Are Not Married: A Journal of Musings on Legal Language and the Ideology of Style. In 1993, Harvard University Press published Williams's The Alchemy of Race & Rights to widespread critical acclaim. She is also author of The Rooster's Egg (Harvard, 1995), Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (Reith Lectures, 1997) (Noonday Press, 1998) and, most recently, Open House: On Family Food, Friends, Piano Lessons and The Search for a Room of My Own (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2004.)

Articles

News and Features

The real scandal of the year is that Eliot Spitzer, brought low by his own bad behavior, had predatory lenders in his sights.

Andy Warhol would have loved Sarah Palin. She really is the ultimate soup can.

Her appeal to a certain sector of the electorate lies in her willingness to take the law in her own hands--and use public power as a personal weapon.

Hillary's signature attire is one phase in women's power-dressing; Michelle's sheath is another. But the shoes...

Critiques of Obama's suitability for the presidency are bookended by astonishingly contradictory stereotypes.

Loan-sharking has resurged with global force, cutting across class, race and regions: we're all in the ghetto now.

Why does the fraudulence of the Republican machine remain so widely known and so persistently ignored?

How can Barack Obama--or any candidate--overcome the sad hypocrisy of our public discourse?

To view education as a profit-making business is to attack the lifelong love of learning.

It would be truly tragic if John McCain strolls into the White House while we argue over who has it worse, black men or white women.

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