Joan Williams

Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings

Joan C. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law, 1066 Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. According to The New York Times, “she has something approaching rock-star status" among work/life advocates. She won the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000).  She has authored or co-authored five books, including Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Men and Class Matter(Harvard University Press, fall 2010). She has also written sixty academic articles, which have been excerpted in law school casebooks on six different subjects. She has lectured at scores of major universities, both in North and Latin America. In 2006, Williams received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement. In 2008, she gave the Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University. Follow her on her Huffington Post blog; the WorkLife Law website is