Alumnae Achievement Awards
Patricia J. Williams ’73
Professor of American Law, Columbia Univ.
2000 MacArthur Fellowship
Natl Assoc of Black Poli.
Scientists Book Award
Patricia J. Williams ’73 is a legal scholar and professor of American law at
Her books, including The Alchemy of Race and Rights:
A Diary of a Law Professor (1991), The Rooster's
Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice (1995), and Seeing
a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997), illustrate
some of America's most complex societal problems and
challenge our ideas about cultural constructs of race
Patricia graduated from
Harvard Law School in 1975 and served as deputy city
attorney in Los Angeles
until 1978 and staff attorney for the Western Center
on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles from 1978-80. She
has taught law at Golden Gate College (1980-84), the
University of New York (1984-88), the Univeristy of
Wisconsin, Madison (1988-1993), and Columbia School
of Law, where
she has been affiliated since 1991. She is also a contributing
editor and columnist for The Nation.
Patricia has garnered
many awards, including a prestigious 2000 MacArthur
Fellowship, with a stipend of $500,000 over five
years to support
her continued intellectual studies. Other honors
include being named the first black woman to give the
Lecture at the British Broadcasting Corporation in
1997 and receiving
the National Association of Black Political Scientists
Book Award in 1992.
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