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Faculty Profile

Robert A. Williams

E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies

E-mail:  Robert A. Williams
Office Number: RH 308
Office Phone: (520) 621-5622

Courses Taught:
Dissertation - Law 920
February Pre-Bar Professional Skills Study Course (FebBar) Jan.7-28 - Law 698A
Critical Race Theory (Seminar only) - Law 696N
Colloquium Speakers Series (continuing students only) - Law 695A
International Environmental & Comparative Indig. Rights - Law 656B
LL.M Research Seminar on Indian Treaties & Tribal Law - Law 656A
Critical Race Theory - Law 631H
Federal Indian Law II (co-teach with Ray Austin) - Law 631b
Federal Indian Law I - Law 631a
Critical Race Theory - Law 596j
Indigenous People in the Inter-American Human Rights System (in Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana) More info - Law 579A
Adv Topics in Indian Law - Tribal Courts & Jurisdictional Issues in Federal Indi - Law 501


Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers

Biographical Information

An enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe of North Carolina, Professor Williams was named the first Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (2003-2004), having previously served there as Bennet Boskey Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Law. He is the author of The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest (1990), which received the Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Center Award as one of the outstanding books published in 1990 on the subject of prejudice in the United States. He has also written Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800 (1997), and Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist court, Indian Rights, and the Legal History of Racism in America (2005). He is co-author of Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed., with David Getches and Charles Wilkinson) (2011). His most recent book is entitled Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization (2012). The 2006 recipient of the University of Arizona Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize for Outstanding Accomplishments in Public Service, Professor Williams is the founding Director of the IPLP Program at the Rogers School of law. He has received major grants and awards from the Soros Senior Justice Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Institute of Justice. He has represented tribal groups before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, and served as co-counsel for Floyd Hicks in the United States Supreme Court case, Nevada v. Hicks (2001 term). Professor Williams has served as Chief Justice for the Court of Appeals, Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation, and as Justice for the Court of Appeals and trial judge pro tem for the Tohono O'’odham Nation. Professor Williams was named one of 2011's "Heroes on the Hill" by Indian Country Today for his work on behalf of the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group before the OAS Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D. (1980) H.E.W. American Indian Fellowship Recipient (1977 - 1980); Research Assistant to Brandeis Professor of Law, Charles M. Haar
Loyola College, Baltimore, A.B. (1977) Editor-in-Chief, College Newspaper, The Greyhound; Dean's List (six semesters); Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities (1977)

Admitted to Practice

Massachusetts

Professional Work Experience

E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, 1998 - present
Faculty Chair, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, 1989 - present
Judge, pro tem, Tohono O'odham Indian Nation, Tucson, Arizona, 1988 - present
Visiting Professor of Law and Bennet Boskey Visiting Lecturer of Law, Harvard Law School, Winter-Spring 2001
Acting Director, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy LL.M. Program, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, 2000
Visiting Professor of Law and Bennet Boskey Visiting Lecturer of Law, Harvard Law School, Winter-Spring 2000
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Winter 1999
Chief Justice, Court of Appeals, Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe, Tucson, Arizona, 1998 - 2000
Cross Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law, 1992 - 1993
Director, Office of Indian Programs, University of Arizona, 1990 - 1992
Associate Justice, Court of Appeals, Pascua Yacqui Indian Tribe, Tucson, Arizona, 1988 - 1997
Professor of Law and American Indian Studies, University of Arizona College of Law, 1987 - 1998
Marks Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law, Fall 1986
Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1986
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1984 - 1986
Assistant Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School, 1981 - 1984
Legal Consultant, Regional and Urban Planning Implementation, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., 1980 - 1981
Teaching Fellow, Boston College Law School, 1980 - 1981

Representative Publications

Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization (2012).
Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law (6th ed. 2011) (co-author, with David H. Getches, Charles F. Wilkinson, & Matthew L.M. Fletcher).
Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights, and the Legal History of Racism in America (2005).
Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace 1600-1800 (1997).
The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest (1990).
Complete List of Publications

Organizations

Association of American Law Schools
Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (1993 -1995); Executive Committee, Minority Rights Section (1990 - 1993); Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers (1990 - 1991); Chair, Native American Rights Section (1988 - 1989)
Tucson Metropolitan Urban Native American Affairs Commission 1989 - 1991
Wisconsin Indian Lawyers Association
President (1985)
Indian Rights Association, Philadelphia PA
Board of Directors (1981 - 1984), Vice-President (1983 - 1984)

Public Service

Catalina Valley Little League Baseball, Coach 1994 - present
Consultant, Sawridge Cree Band of Alberta 1993 - present (aboriginal sovereignty claims litigation)
Foothills Futbol Club, Coach 1993 - present
Catalina Homeowners Association, Board of Directors 1993 - present
Consultant, Native Hawaiian Advisory Council 1991 - present (water rights and self-determination issues)
University of Arizona Indian Advisory Committee 1987 - present
Pro bono work, counsel for Carrier Sekani Tribal Council of British Columbia, Canada (British Columbia Treaty Process) 1999 (filed Request For Precautionary Measures: Matter of Carrier Sekani People (Canada) with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington, D.C.)
Principal Organizer, Conference on Future Directions for the Tribal Law and Policy Program, University of Arizona College of Law 1998 (October 31)
Principal Organizer, Environmental Conflict Resolution in Indian Country, University of Arizona College of Law 1997 (March)
Pro bono work, Mayagna (Sumo) Community of Awas Tingni, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Case No. 11.555 1996? (submitted Amicus Curiae Brief as counsel for the National Congress of American Indians)
Chair, University of Arizona Search Committee, Associate Director, Community and Economic Development, American Indian Studies 1995
Chair, University of Arizona Executive Committee, American Indian Studies 1994 - 1995
University of Arizona Citizen's Advisory Forum: "Setting Goals for the Recruitment and Retention of Ethnically Underrepresented Students at The University of Arizona" 1994
Consultant, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, Sydney, Australia 1993 - 1994 (land claims litigation)
Chair, University of Arizona Search Committee, Director, American Indian Graduate Center 1992
Chair, University of Arizona Search Committee, Program Coordinator, American Indian Graduate Center 1991
Member, University of Arizona Self-Study Committee, American Indian Studies Program, Graduate College 1991
University of Arizona Search Committee, Director of American Indian Studies 1991
Principal Organizer, Indigenous Claims Conference, University of Arizona College of Law 1991 (November)
Counsel and Alternative Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission for the National Indian Youth Council (U.N. NGO) 1990 - 1993
Consultant, Tohono O'odham Indian Nation, Arizona 1990 - 1992 (tribal land claims legal issues)
Consultant, Southwest Indian Agricultural Association 1990 - 1992
University of Arizona President's Diversity Action Council 1990 - 1992
University of Arizona Provost's Special Committee on Faculty Participation in University Governance 1990 - 1992
University of Arizona Graduate College Centennial Award Committee 1990?
Consultant, Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe, Maine 1990 (tribal constitution drafting process)
Principal Organizer, Tribal Judges Conference and Workshop: Principles of Tribal Sovereignty and Jurisdiction, University of Arizona College of Law 1990 (November)
Consultant, National Indian Youth Council, United Nations Non-Governmental Organization 1989 - 1993
Counsel, Gila River Indian Community Land and Water Users Association 1989 - 1990
University of Arizona Provost's Ad Hoc Committee on Indian Programs 1989 - 1990
University of Arizona Native American Draft Program Change Request Committee 1989 - 1990
University of Arizona Search Committee, Assistant Dean for Native American Student Affairs 1989
University of Arizona American Indian Graduate Center Advisory Council 1988 - 1992
North Central Association University of Arizona Decennial Accreditation Committee 1988 - 1990
National Lecturer, SMH Bar Review Course, Boston, Massachusetts 1982 - 1991

Awards

International Advisory Board of the Review of Constitutional Studies  
Editorial Board, The International Journal of Indigenous Philosophy  
Editorial Board, H-AMINDIAN, an electronic journal published on the Internet at <http://www.asu.edu/clas/history/h-amindian/>  
The 1996 Quinlan Lecture, Oklahoma City University School of Law  April 9, 1996
National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice Grant  1995 - 1996
Udall Center Faculty Grants Program  1995 - 1996
The Sixth Annual McDonald Lecture on Constitutional Studies, The University of Alberta Law School  March 1994
Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Center Award for The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest  1992
Ford Foundation Research Grant  1992
The George E. Allen Chair of Law, The University of Richmond Law School  April 1992
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Program, University of Oklahoma  March 1992
Visiting Scholar, University of Oklahoma School of Law Enrichment Program  March 1992
Evans Bunker Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Washington School of Law  November 1991
James Thomas Lecture, Yale University Law School  March 1991
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award: Program on Peace and International Cooperation  1989 - 1991
National Endowment for the Humanities Award: Division of Research Programs  1989 - 1991
University of Arizona Office of Minority Student Affairs Outstanding Faculty Member Award  1989 - 1990
University of Arizona Graduate College Research Award  1989 - 1990
University of Arizona Outstanding Native American Faculty Award  1988 - 1989
American Council of Learned Societies/Ford Foundation Fellowship  1985 - 1986
Project Trochos: University of Wisconsin  1985 - 1986
University of Wisconsin Law School Minority Students Organization Teacher of the Year  1985
University of Wisconsin Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship  1985
Smongeski Fellowship, University of Wisconsin  1985
Council for Instructional Development Grant  1983
Rutgers University Research Council Award  1982
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship Award  1981
H.E.W American Indian Fellowship Recipient  1977 - 1980

 

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