Carolyn Vilda Williams

Visiting Clinical Professor of Law

Carolyn Williams's scholarly interests include legal writing and research, alternate forms of communication in the law, and oral advocacy. She teaches Legal Method and Writing, Legal Advocacy, and Intensive Legal Writing.  Professor Williams regularly presents at legal conferences on land use litigation and legal writing topics. She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and the American Bar Association

Before teaching at the College of Law, Professor Williams was a litigation associate in the Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and at Gammage & Burnham, PLC where she specialized in complex commercial litigation.  She had a diverse practice that included experience with shareholder derivative disputes, restraint of trade litigation, data breach litigation, land use disputes, and health care litigation.  Professor Williams represented clients at all levels of appeals, from filing appeals in Superior Court objecting to municipal and agency decisions through drafting a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.  Super Lawyers named her a Rising Star in 2016, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.  She is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Professor Williams received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona State Law Journal and Chair of the Executive Moot Court Board.  She was named Outstanding Student by the National Association of Women Lawyers and is a member of the Order of Barristers.


Assistant: Karen Furgeson