Professor Parham H. Williams is Interim Vice President, Interim Dean, and Professor
of Law. Following several years of practice in the Air Force JAG, a private law firm, and
as a District Attorney for the Fourth Circuit Court District of Mississippi, Dean
Williams embarked on an impressive career in academia spanning more than forty years. 

From 1967-1985, he was a dean at the University of Mississippi School of Law, serving as
Assistant Dean (1967-1969), Associate Dean (1969-1971), and finally Dean and Professor of
Law (1971-1985). From 1985-1996, he served as Vice President, Dean, and Professor of Law
at Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. Following a brief retirement, Dean
Williams accepted a job as Vice-President, Dean, and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law of
Chapman University School of Law, where he served from 1997-2007, guiding Chapman to
provisional ABA accreditation. In 2008-2009, he returned to the University of Mississippi
School of Law as Director of the Fant Institute of Law & Ethics, and Visiting
Professor of Law. Most recently, Dean Williams accepted the position of Interim Dean for
the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. He has substantial academic
consulting experience. Dean Williams has been a member of eleven ABA site teams, over a
term of years from 1978 to 2008. 

During his career in academia, Dean Williams has taught Evidence, Prosecutorial Ethics,
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Pleading and Practice, Chancery Practice,
Constitutional Law, and Professional Responsibility. He has also authored numerous law
review articles, books, and reports. In addition, Dean Williams is admitted to practice
before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Military Appeals, the
Supreme Court of Mississippi, and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of

Dean Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi, his
L.L.B. from the University of Mississippi, and his Master of Laws from Yale University.