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About Lucy A. Williams

A nationally recognized authority on welfare law and low-wage labor, Professor Williams focuses on the dependency created in low-wage labor relationships, and how the political rhetoric connecting "dependency" with receipt of welfare has diverted attention from the structural issues within low-wage labor markets. She has a long and impressive record as both an academic and a litigator in the areas of unemployment insurance, Social Security and related welfare programs.
In recent years, Professor Williams has expanded her work to address issues of global poverty and the justiciability of social and economic rights. She currently convenes the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP), a group of international academics, judges and activists working to encourage and develop critical and transformative thinking about SER and SER-based legal strategies. She is also a co-director of the law school's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.
Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Williams was an attorney with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute for 13 years. She teaches in the area of social welfare law, civil procedure and federal courts and is involved in the law school's Legal Skills in Social Context program. In 1994-1995, she was honored by the school as the Public Interest Distinguished Professor.


Present Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern University
Present Professor of Law, Northeastern University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Welfare law and Labor law

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Honors and Awards

  • Public Interest Distinguished Professor, 1994-1995

Contact Information

37 Cargill Hall
Northeastern University
400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-4537
Fax: (617) 373-5056


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