Beth A. Williams

Beth Williams

Beth A. Williams

Professorial Lecturer in Law

2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Beth A. Williams is a Board Member of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Ms. Williams previously served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy at the United States Department of Justice from August 2017 to December 2020. In that role, she served as the primary policy advisor to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General, and as the Chief Regulatory Officer for the Department. She also led the judicial nomination process for the Department, assisting in the selection and confirmation of more than 230 Article III judges to the bench.

Prior to becoming Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Williams was a litigation and appellate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where her practice focused on complex commercial, securities, and First Amendment litigation.

From 2005-2006, she served as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she assisted with the confirmation of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Williams clerked for the Hon. Richard C. Wesley on the United State Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude, with a degree in History and Literature, and she earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

LAW 6351-12 Reading Group (Confirming a Supreme Court Justice)

AB, Harvard College; JD, Harvard Law School