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Dean Williams

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Verna Williams, Interim Dean and Nippert Professor of Law


Georgetown University

Harvard Law School

Dean Williams joined the College of Law in 2001 after practicing many years in the areas of civil and women’s rights. Prior to her appointment as Interim Dean, she taught in the areas of family law, gender discrimination, and constitutional law. In addition, she co-directed the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice with Professors Kristin Kalsem and Emily Houh.

Before joining the College of Law, Professor Williams was Vice President and Director of Educational Opportunities at the National Women’s Law Center, where she focused on issues of gender equity in education. During her time at the Center, Professor Williams was lead counsel and successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, which established that educational institutions have a duty to respond to and address complaints of student-to-student sexual harassment.

Professor Williams also clerked for the Hon. David S. Nelson, U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. After the clerkship, she practiced law at the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley & Austin and at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Professor Williams’s research examines the intersection of race, gender, and class in law and policy. She has presented papers at such venues as the Latina/o Critical Race Theory Conference and meetings of the Association of Law, Culture and the Humanities. Professor Williams also has served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation; in that capacity, she chaired the convening of a national conference at UC entitled Women Coming Together: Claiming the Law for Social Change. Professor Williams received the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and 2011.

Professor Williams is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Georgetown University.


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Making Gender Visible: Title IX and Discriminatory School Discipline, ___ TENN.J. of Race, Gender, & Soc. Justice (forthcoming 2017)

Feminist Legal Theorizing about the Second Amendment,” concurring, August 2016

The Patriarchy Prescription: Cure or Containment Strategy? 8 Georgetown J. of Modern Critical Race Perspectives (2016)

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International and European Business Law

July 14-August 8, 2014

The University of Cincinnati College of Law is pleased to announce a new summer program in International and European Business Law.  The four-week program is offered in conjunction with the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR) of the University of Reading, just outside London in Reading, England.  It is open to law and graduate business students interested in learning about law and business in a transnational environment. 

Established by the University of Reading’s School of Law and its Henley Business School’s ICMA Centre, the CCFLR is a forum for research and knowledge on international commercial law and financial regulation, bringing together scholars, policymakers and practitioners in law and finance.

The School of Law was ranked joint 7th (along with Cambridge University) for world leading research and international excellence.  The Henley Business School is one of the few business schools worldwide to hold triple-accredited status from the major UK, European, and US awarding bodies, and its ICMA Centre was the first active collaboration between the securities industry and a university finance department.

The program will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Reading in the City of Reading, located about 25 minutes from London via train from Paddington station.  Classes will take place at the School of Law located in Foxhill House, an historic building on the main campus surrounded by parkland with attractive views of Whiteknights Lake.

For further information, please contact the Program Director, Lin Bai (513-556-0194, or Associate Dean Nancy Oliver, (513-556-0065, )

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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Cincinnati College of Law! The UC Law Office of Admissions & Financial Aid has created this page for admitted students to serve as a student resource during the transition to UC law school.


Your career at the College of Law begins with a week-long orientation program called “Introduction to Law.” Orientation will occur in August (exact dates to be determined in the winter months).  In addition to a variety of speakers and events, a one-credit hour class is also incorporated into this week. Fall semester schedules and corresponding textbook lists for incoming students are provided during this orientation.

In addition, the UC College of Law will host a "Taking Care of Business" day prior to orientation.  This orientation event enables incoming students to obtain their new UC ID cards and to meet with representatives concerning financial aid, student health insurance, student lockers and information technology. Returning UC law students will even be on hand to provide tours of the law school building. While this UC Law orientation program is not mandatory, virtually all incoming students attend each year to wrap up these administrative items before classes officially begin.

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Many professionals would benefit by obtaining knowledge of the law, including those working in such fields as business, criminal justice, engineering, medicine, psychiatry or psychology, education, human resources, journalism, and many more.  These professionals, along with graduate students studying in other fields, can enhance their knowledge of law by enrolling in one or two classes at the UC College of Law as a Guest Student.  Guest Students can take up to six credits at the College in classes that will enhance their knowledge of law in topics of particular interest to them.

If you are interested in taking a class as a guest student, contact Staci Rucker, our Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Diversity, for more information at 513.556.0065,

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