Beth A. Williams, J.D.Senior Lecturing Fellow
Beth A. Williams, J.D.
Beth A. Williams served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy at the United States Department of Justice from August 2017 to December 2020, after unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. In that role, she advised on policies including national security. 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 to 2006, Ms. Williams served as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Ms. Williams 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.