Leading public intellectuals on issues of racial, sexual, and criminal justice paid tribute to Williams, who 25 years ago wrote the influential essay, "On Being the Object of Property.” Over the years—through her teaching, writing, and research—Williams has provoked others to rethink the relationship of race to gender, property to personhood, law to narrative, and DNA testing to racial ethics. In 2000, Williams was awarded a “genius” fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation.
Professor Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law
Co-directors of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Professors Suzanne B. Goldberg and Katherine Franke; assistant director Lauren Gutterman
Columbia Law School Professor Olati Johnson
Gail Wright Sirmans and Columbia Law School Professor Theodore M. Shaw
Columbia Law School Professor Kendall Thomas
(left to right) Columbia Law School Professors Katherine M. Franke and Professor Olati Johnson; Brandies University Professor Anita Hill; Honoree Professor Patricia J. Williams; Smith College Professor Paula J. Giddings; and UC Santa Cruz Professor Gina Dent
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