Samiyyah R. Ali

Samiyyah R. Ali

Samiyyah R. Ali

Professorial Lecturer in Law



Samiyyah Ali is a litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP, where she represents individuals and corporations in a range of substantive areas, including securities, antitrust, employment disputes, and criminal defense. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ali served as Deputy Associate Counsel in the Office of White House Counsel, where she provided legal and strategic advice to the Biden Administration. Ms. Ali began her legal career as a law clerk, for Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Sri Srinivasan of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Amul Thapar when he served as Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Before law school, Ms. Ali worked as a student affairs administrator at The Ohio State University.

Ms. Ali maintains an active pro bono practice, where she represents clients in criminal trial, appellate, and post-conviction proceedings. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Second Look Project, a nonprofit organization committed to fighting mass incarceration in the District of Columbia. At GW, Ms. Ali teaches Race, Racism, and American Law.

BA, Duke University; MA, The Ohio State University; JD, Vanderbilt University

Race, Racism, & American Law