Serena M. Williams
A.B., Smith College
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M., George Washington University National Law Center

E-mail: smwilliams@widener.edu
Phone: 302.477.2126

Serena M. Williams is a Professor of Law at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. She teaches and researches in the areas of property law, landlord/tenant law, and environmental justice. Professor Williams received an A.B. in Economics from Smith College in 1981. She received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1984 and her LL.M. in Land Use Management and Control from the George Washington University Law School in 1992.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Williams served as an attorney in the Office of Program Enforcement at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also served as a Financial Economist in the Office of Economics and Tax Policy of the Washington, D.C., Department of Finance and Revenue. As a law student she clerked for the National Association of Home Builders.

Prior to joining the faculty at Widener, Professor Williams taught property, land use, and environmental law at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She also taught as an instructor of legal writing at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., and as a Teaching Fellow in Legal Writing at the George Washington University Law Center.

Professor Williams currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Delaware and of the Delaware Housing Coalition. She is an advisor to the Delaware Youth In Government Program, a mock legislative program sponsored by the YMCA of Delaware and is a member of the Smith College Medal Committee. While in Kentucky, she served as a Commissioner on the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission.

Professor Williams is admitted to practice in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Selected Recent Publications


  • The Houses that Eminent Domain and Housing Tax Credits Built: Imagining a Better New Orleans. 34 Ford. Urb. L. J. 689 (March 2007)(with Carol Brown), reprinted in 16 J. of Afford. Hsng. & Comm’ty Dev. L. 377 (Summer 2007).
  • Sustaining Urban Green Spaces: Can Public Parks Be Protected Under the Public Trust Doctrine? 10 S.C. Envtl. L.J. 23 (2002).
  • In Search of Neighborhood Nightmares: The Duty of Builders and Developers to Disclose Off-Site Environmental Conditions, 12 J. Nat. Resources & Envtl. L. 1 (1997).
  • Exploring the Complexities of Environmental Justice, WIDENER U. SCH. L. MAG., Fall 2005, at 8.
  • CAFOs as Neighbors: An Analysis of Kentucky Nuisance Law and Agricultural Operations, 5 SUSTAIN: J. OF ENVTL. & SUSTAINABILITY ISS.14 (2001).