William Yeomans worked at the Department of Justice for 26 years, primarily in the civil rights division. He began his career litigating civil and criminal cases in federal courts at all levels, in cases involving voting rights, school desegregation, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, hate crimes, police misconduct, abortion clinic violence, and human trafficking. He subsequently served in a variety of leadership positions, including serving as deputy assistant attorney general, chief of staff, and acting assistant attorney general.
From 2006 to 2009, Yeomans served as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was the legal director for the Alliance for Justice and the first director of programs for the American Constitution Society. Yeomans is a fellow in law and government at the American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches courses on civil rights, legislation, and the legislative process, as well as directing the school’s Legislative Practicum.
Yeomans writes and speaks frequently on law, policy, and politics. His articles have been published by Politico, The New York Times, Reuters, and The Nation. He has been interviewed on the BBC and NPR’s All Things Considered and The Source.
He graduated from Harvard Law School with an LL.M in 1978, from Boston University School of Law in 1976, and from Trinity College with a B.A. in 1972.