Tiffany M. Williams
Assistant Professor of Legal Practice
Tiffany M. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice & Director of Externship Programs. Professor Williams is a recently retired Administrative Law Judge for the State of New Jersey, where she conducted administrative hearings and authored over 500 written decisions. Professor Williams teaches and develops curriculum in the 1L Introduction to Lawyering course which launches students into a practical and contemporary understanding of 21st century lawyering. As the Director of Externship Programs, Professor Williams teaches the academic companion course to student practical work experiences where she prepares and refines student ability to gain practical lawyering skills. She also teaches courses in Administrative Law, Persuasion & Advocacy and leads a Biblical Leadership Study annually as the Faculty Advisor to the Esther Empowerment Society. Professor Williams also teaches Human Resource Management in Seton Hall’s Master of Public Administration Program and serves as the University’s Pre-Law Advisor. She is formerly the Director of the Mock Trial Program where she taught and coached students critical trial skills through seminars and competitions. Under her leadership, the mock trial team achieved historic wins as 2nd place regional semi-finalists two consecutive years at the Student Trial Advocacy Competition and as quarter-finalists at the ABA Employment Law regional competition. She also created the law school’s inaugural Inter-scholastic Mock Trial Competition. In her first year at Seton Hall Law, she was nominated for Professor of the Year.
Prior to being appointed to the bench, Professor Williams served as an advisor to several high-profile leaders in New Jersey state government including as the Deputy Chief Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, as Chief Counsel to the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, and as a Special Assistant to former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Prior to government service, Professor Williams gained significant litigation experience in civil and criminal practice while as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, a Senior Associate at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Peretti LLP (Morristown, New Jersey) and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Boston). She clerked for the Honorable Frederick L. Brown of the Massachusetts Appeals Court after she graduated from law school. During law school, Professor Williams served as an intern in the White House for the Office of Legal Counsel to President William Jefferson Clinton. Professor Williams has received numerous professional awards for her contributions to the legal profession as well as contributions to the empowerment of women including New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award, NJBIZ Magazine 50 Best Women in Business Award, Rutgers University Distinguished African-American Alumni Award, the Network Journal “40 Under 40” Achievers Award, Shirley Chisolm Award, Sojourner Truth Award, Delta Sigma Theta Woman of Excellence Award.
In addition to her legal career, Professor Williams is an advocate for the global empowerment of women. As an ordained minister and published author (The Esther Project: Every Woman's Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose, Xulon Press, 2014), in 2010, she founded a non-profit women's empowerment movement called the Esther Project, where she teaches women to develop leadership skills using their life purpose to create global impact furthering the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In March 2017, Professor Williams participated as a panelist during the United Nations’ 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. She also coordinated and moderated a panel on “A New Global Agenda for Women” at the 2017 ABA Annual Conference in NYC.
Professor Williams is also an active leader in the American Bar Association where she serves as the Deputy Representative to the United Nations, Managing Director for the Section of Litigation, a member of the Council of the Section of Litigation and Co-Chair of the Section of Litigation Annual Conference 2016. In the past, she has co-chaired numerous committees and was an Associate Editor of Litigation News Magazine, where she authored published articles.
Professor Williams lectures and teaches leadership courses at governmental entities, corporations and non-profits as well as the New Jersey Certified Public Manager's Program and in the graduate programs at Rutgers University School of Public Affairs & Administration, Kean University and Seton Hall University. Professor Williams holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Massachusetts, District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court.