Tiffany M. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Legal Practice & Director of the Mock Trial Program where she teaches and coaches students early in their law school careers as they gain critical legal skills through coursework and interscholastic competitions.
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. Prior to being appointed to the bench, she served as an advisor to several high-profile leaders in government including as the Deputy Chief Counsel to a prior New Jersey Governor, 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 Associate at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Peretti LLP (Morristown, New Jersey) and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Boston). She also served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. 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.
In addition to her legal career, Professor Williams is a published author (The Esther Project: Every Woman's Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose, Xulon Press, 2014), an ordained minister and the founder of a women's empowerment movement called the Esther Project. 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.
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-Designate 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. She has taught leadership courses in the New Jersey Certified Public Manager's Program and in the graduate programs at Rutgers University School of Public Affairs & Administration. 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.