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Victor Williams

Victor Williams is a clinical assistant professor in the Lawyering Skills Program. He teaches Law and Economics and Lawyering Skills.

Victor earned three law degrees: an LL.M. (specializing in Law and Economics) from George Mason University School of Law in 2005; an LL.M. from Columbia University's School of Law in 1994; and a J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in 1990. While in law school, he was an articles editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Victor also served as a student editor of American Review of International Arbitration while completing his graduate law study at Columbia.

Victor served as a federal judicial law clerk with U.S. District Court Judge W. B. Hand from1990-1992. Victor also worked as a federal judicial extern for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge G.B. Tjoflat of the Eleventh Circuit and for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Sneed of the Ninth Circuit. Additionally, he interned with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, working on enforcement issues at the SEC's regional office in Los Angeles.

Prior to affiliating with The Columbus School of Law, Victor Williams held a tenured appointment as an associate professor of Law with the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At CUNY, he taught a variety of law and policy courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

A first-generation college student from Arkansas, Victor has demonstrated a life-long commitment to education. He earned his undergraduate degree at Ouachita University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, before journeying to Chicago to complete a master's degree in teaching from the National College of Education. He then completed an additional master's degree in education and public policy from Harvard University. It was course work at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with law-trained faculty that led Victor to law school.

Victor's published scholarship, covering a wide variety of law and policy areas, is frequently cited by other authors. His academic writings include articles and essays published by the law journals of Michigan, William & Mary, Columbia, George Mason, Kentucky, Marquette, Seton Hall and Loyola. His practice-oriented articles and essays have been published by the Banking Law Journal, Commercial Law Journal, Administrative Law Journal, American Journal of Comparative Law, Trial, Judicature and Federal Lawyer.

Additionally, Victor has published commentaries and op-eds in The American Lawyer, Christian Science Monitor, National Law Journal, Connecticut Law Tribune,,  Legal Times, New Jersey Law Journal, Fulton County Daily Report, Miami Business Daily, and the Recorder. Victor's present research interests include law and economics, the federal appointment process, ethics, administrative law, constitutional law and intellectual property.

Most recently, the Huffington  (HuffPo) has featured a series of his commentaries on the federal appointments process.

Since locating in the D.C. area, Victor has been very active in community affairs. He has also held a private sector consultancy in telecommunications and legislative affairs, and he has taught Intellectual Property and E-Commerce at the University of Virginia's Northern Campus.

A frequent media interview guest, Victor has provided evaluation of legal and political issues by print, television, radio, and Internet media. He has been an interview guest on CNN; NPR,  Court TV; Fox News; ABC News; and numerous radio talk programs.             




Research and Writing

Journal Articles/Essays: 

NLRB v. Noel Canning Exposes Judicial Incapacity: “Junior Varsity Politicians” Foul the President’s Textual Appointment Discretion (Forthcoming Rutgers Law Record December 2015).
Raze the Debt Ceiling: A Test Case for State-Sovereign and Institutional Bondholder Litigation to Void the Debt Limit Statute," 72 Washington and Lee Law Review Online 96-135 (2015). 
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden,  and Electoral College Disruption: High Unfavorables, Multi-Candidate General Election Ballots, and ‘Art of the Deal’ Negotiations with Free-Agent Electors in December 2013,  3 Syracuse Journal of Law and Civic Engagement (Fall 2015)
NLRB v. Noel Canning Tests the Limits of Judicial Memory: Leon Higginbotham, Spottswood Robinson and David Rabinvitz “Rendered Illegitimate." 6 Houston Law Review HLRe: Off the Record 107-122 (2015)
Noel Canning Presents a Nonjusticiable Political QuestionCardozo Law Review de novo 45-68 (2014).
Noel Canning Opens the Door, Invited Symposium/Recess Appointments, SCOTUSblog (July15, 2013).
Excerpt of William and Mary’s Specialized Federal Courts article (below) included in Mary Ann Glendon, Comparative Legal Traditions (West, 3rd Ed. 2007) (pgs. 125-136).  
Republication of Judicature’s Judicial Gridlock article (below) selected included in Walter F. Murphy, et al, Courts, Judges and Politics (McGraw Hill 2005) (Chapter 3.6).
Justice Denied, American Lawyer 75 (Oct. 2001).
A Constitutional Charge and a Comparative Vision to Substantially Expand and Subject Matter Specialize the Federal Judiciary , 37 William & Mary Law Review 535-671 (1996). 
The Willful Standard in Criminal Bank Statutes, 112 Banking Law Journal 660-683 (1995) (republished as chapter in BANKING LAW ANTHOLOGY 45 (1995)).
Attorneys Fees in Disability Cases, 47 Administrative Law Review 115-170 (1995) (coauthored).
Ozone Depletion and Human Rights, 10 Natural Resources and Environmental Law 83-111 (1995).
Third Branch Independence and Integrity Threatened by Political Branch Irresponsibility, 5 Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal 851-932 (1995).
Damages in Commercial Arbitration, 100 Commercial Law Journal 281-319 (1995).
Rethinking Article II, Section 2 Electoral College/Presidential Elections, 77 Marquette Law Review 210-257 (1994) (coauthored). 
East European Marshall Plan, 15 Michigan Journal of International Law 863-908 (1994).
Solutions to Federal Judicial Gridlock, 76 Judicature 185-193 (1993).      
Unconstitutional Bills of Attainders or Valid Judicial Impeachment Removals?, 22 Southwestern Univ. Law Review 1077-1101 (1993).
Help Wanted: Federal Judges, 24 Loyola-Chicago Law Journal 1-38 (1992).
The ABA Judgemaker Committee is Exposed, Albeit Shaded from FACA Sunshine: Public Citizen v. United States Department of Justice/Washington Legal Foundation v. United States Department of Justice 12 George Mason University Law Review 249 (1990).
Book Reviews:
Review of Thomas Baker’s Rationing Justice, 43 Federal Lawyer 50-52 (1996).
Review of Martin Friedland’s the Death of Old Man Rice, 18 Justice System Journal 207-210 (1995).
Review of Paul Mones’ Stalking Justice, 39 Trial 76 (1995).
A Superior, Inferior Judge: Review of Gerald Gunther’s Learned Hand: The Man and the Judge, 78 Judicature 152-153 (1994).
The Struggle for Russia Continues, Review of Ruslan Khasbulatov’s Struggle for Russia, Columbia University’s Parker School Journal of East European Law 75-85 (1994).
Review of Walter Laqueur’s Black Hundred, 41 American J. of Comparative Law 678-685 (1993).
Op-Eds and Commentaries:
John Boehner’s Lame Duck Opportunity:   Suspend the Debt Ceiling, The Hill, (Oct. 12 2015).
Supreme Disrespect: Justice Breyer Strips Civil Rights Advocates of Judgeships – Leon Higginbotham, Spottswood Robinson, and Dave Rabinovitz, American Constitution Society’s ACSBLOG (October 8, 2015).
Magna Carta’s 800th Birthday: 13th Century Disruptive Innovation, Huffington Post ( June 15, 2015).
Magna Carta’s 800th Anniversary, Jurist, (June 12, 2015). 
Raze the Debt Ceiling Part I, Huffington Post  ( March 17 2015).
Extreme Senate Competition, Huffington Post (Feb. 27, 2015).
Economic Patriotism: Why I Sued Jack Lew to Void the Debt Limit Statute, Jurist (July 24,2014.)
Precious Memories Part IV/Final: ‘Anti-Immigrant' Jeff Sessions and Alabama's Racist Voter ID Law, Huffington Post (Aug. 28, 2014).

Precious Memories Part III/Final: Jeff Sessions and the Deportation Caucus Must be Challenged Huffington Post (Aug. 8, 2014).
Precious Memories Part II: McDaniel's Loss, Cochran's Dementia, and Democrat Travis Childers' Senate Election, Huffington Post (July 7, 2014).
Precious Memories Part I: Thad Cochran's Animal Cruelty and Jeff Session's Un-Election, Huffington Post (June 18, 2014).

Junior Varsity Politics: SCOTUS Finalizes NLRB v. Noel Canning, Huffington Post (May 30, 2014).

Lawsuit Filed to Void Debt Ceiling: Is Jack Lew a "Default Denier"?, Huffington Post (May 27, 2014).
Applying Brown to Void the Debt Ceiling, American Constitution Society’s ACSBLOG (May 23, 2014).
Scalia's Original Originalism on Presidential Appointments, Huffington Post (April 28, 2014)
Supreme Court Should Stay Out of Recess Fight, Huffington Post (January 14, 2014).
A Constitutional – Not Nuclear – End to Confirmation Filibusters, Huffington Post (Nov. 22, 2013).
Preventing Debt Ceiling Catastrophe, Huffington Post (October. 7, 2013).
D.C. Circuit Appointment Usurpation, American Constitution Society’s ACSBLOG  (June 7, 2013). 
Political Question Imperative, The D.C. Circuit's Ruling,  National Law Journal (February 4, 2013). 
Lincoln’s Inaugural Counsel: Obama’s Appointment Resolve, Huffington Post (January 16, 2013).
Courts (Should Not) Consider Recess Appointment Challenges: Posner Explains Political Questions, Huffington Post (December 4, 2012).
Recess Appointment Challenges: Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Not Subject to Judicial Review Because of Political-Question Nonjusticiability, National Law Journal (November 26, 2012).
Electoral College Insurance, Huffington Post (November 5, 2012).
Dangerous Intersection: Electoral College and Fiscal Cliff, Jurist (November 3, 2012).
Harry Truman Advises Obama in Charlotte Convention: Reconvene Congress to Fix Fiscal Cliff, Huffington Post (September 4,, 2012).
More Recess Appointments Needed: Senate's Confirmation Process — Dilatory and Dysfunctional — Needs a Fundamental RebootNational Law Journal (Jan. 16, 2012)(co-authored). 
Supporting Obama: The Constitutional Case for Recess Appointments, Huffington Post (Jan. 3, 2012).
NLRB and CFPB Recess Appointments: Obama’s New Year’s Options, Huffington Post (Dec. 28, 2011).
Recess Appointments: Challenging Senate Obstruction, Jurist  (Dec. 19, 2011).
By Nuclear Threat or Weekend Recess, Huffington Post (Oct. 10, 2011).
Tea Party Ugly: House GOP Blocking Recess Appointments, Huffington Post (Aug. 21, 2011).
House GOP Can’t Block Recess Appointments, 33 National Law Journal 39 (Aug. 15, 2011) ; reprinted by New Jersey Law Journal
Unconstitutional Debt Ceiling: Grandma Bondholder’s Lawsuit, Huffington Post (July 29, 2011).
End the “Trips and Traps”: Elizabeth Warren, Huffington Post (July 15, 2011). 
 A Quick Fix for Senate’s Broken Confirmation Process, 27 Connecticut Law Tribune 29 (July 4, 2011).
Lame Duck Fights: Confirm OMB’s Lew, DOJ’s Cole and 23 Judges, Huffington Post (Nov. 17, 2010). 
Senate Pro Forma Follies: Recess Appointment Authority is Not Limited by Sham Sessions, National Law Journal 51 (Oct. 11, 2010); reprinted by New Jersey Law Journal
Recess Appoint Peter Diamond: Senate Pro Forma Sessions Don’t Limit, Huffington Post (Oct. 11, 2010).
Elizabeth Warren, Bill Gross, and the “New Normal” of Appointments, Huffington Post (Sept. 20, 2010).
Obama Recess Appointments: Senate Confirmation Obstruction, Huffington Post (June 4, 2010).
Elizabeth Warren, Bill Gross, and the “New Normal” of Appointments, Huffington Post (Sept. 20, 2010).
Obama Recess Appointments: Senate Confirmation Obstruction, Huffington Post (June 4, 2010).
Vetting Obama’s Judges: The Case for Christopher Schroeder, Huffington Post (March 9, 2010).
Obama Should Bypass Appointment Obstruction, Huffington Post (March 1, 2010).
Vacancies a Threat to National Security: Obama Demands Action, Huffington Post (Feb. 14, 2010).
Implementing “Yes We Can,” Huffington Post (Feb. 9, 2010).
Dawn Johnsen, Huffington Post (Feb. 3, 2010); republished by Main Justice (Feb. 4, 2010) (coauthored).
Ben Bernanke Should Be Reappointed Fed Chair: Discuss, Jurist (Jan. 27, 2010).
The Case for Recess Appointing Bernanke, Huffington Post (Jan. 25, 2010) (coauthored).
Confirmation Combat, National Law Journal, 37 (Jan. 4, 2010) (coauthored).
Averting a Crisis: The Next President’s Appointment Strategy, National Law Journal, 14 (March 10, 2008) (Republished in the New Jersey Law Journal, Broward Business Daily, Miami Business Daily).
Recess Appoint Estrada, National Law Journal 12 (March 10, 2003).
Recast the Vote: Puerto Rico’s (temporary?) Entrance into the Electoral College, Legal Times 86 (Oct. 2, 2000) (republished in the Fulton County Daily).
No Censure: No Scarlet Letter, Legal Times, 14 (Dec. 14, 1998) (republished in Fulton County Daily).
No Short Cut in Censure, Legal Times, 32 (Sept. 21, 1998).
Keep Judiciary Out of Budget Battle, Christian Science Monitor 19 (Jan. 29, 1996).
U.S. Judiciary, National Law Journal, 14 (Feb. 6, 1995), at 14; anthologized in the U.S. Federal Judicial Center’s Caseflow Management Handbook (F.J.C. 1996).
Senators Cannot Choose Judges, National Law Journal 15 (Nov. 8, 1993).


In His Words ...

“I encourage students to become Citizen-Lawyers. With a deep knowledge of legal theory will come unique opportunities for active civic engagement and bold public service. As argued by O.W. Holmes, Jr: ‘Theory is the most important part of the dogma of the law, as the architect is the most important [person] who takes part in the building of a house.‘"  

– Victor Williams



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  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Law and Economics
  • Lawyering Skills


Law and Economics, George Mason University School of Law

Columbia University School of Law

University of California, Hastings College of  the Law  

Administration and Policy, Harvard University

Teaching, National College of Education

Philosophy, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas


Areas of Expertise

  • The federal appointment process
  • Law and economics
  • Administrative law
  • For additional information about our professors' areas of speciality, see the Catholic University Experts page.


  • Associate Professor of Law, City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Extern, U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, Judge G.B. Tjoflat
  • Extern, U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, Judge Joseph Sneed 
  • Law clerk with U.S. District Court Judge W. B. Hand