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Denice D. Denton Distinguished Lecture
October 1-2, 2009

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Joan C. WilliamsPresented by: Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law,
University of California-Hastings

Joan C. Williams, 1066 Foundation Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California-Hastings, is an expert on work/family issues, and the author of Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000), which won the 2000 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. She is the Founding Director of WorkLife Law (WLL), and Co-Director of the Project on Attorney Retention. Williams has played a leading role in documenting workplace bias against mothers. Her "Beyond the Maternal Wall: Relief for Family Caregivers Who Are Discriminated Against on the Job," 26 Harvard Women's Law Review 77 (2003, co-authored with Nancy Segal), was prominently cited in Back v. Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District, 2004 U.S. App. Lexis 6684 (2d Cir. April 7, 2004). She has also played a central role in organizing social scientists to document bias against mothers in the workplace, notably in a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues (2004), which she co-edited with Monica Biernat and Faye Crosby. Her current work focuses on how work/family conflict affects families across the social spectrum. For more information, visit WorkLife Law and Project for Attorney Retention.


Denice Denton Distinguished Lecture Series Benefit Dinner


  • Laurie BensonLaurie Benson, co-Founder and former CEO, Inacom Information Systems
    Owner, LB Unlimited

  • Duncan HighsmithDuncan Highsmith, former President and CEO, Highsmith Inc.

Women Faculty Mentoring Program Luncheon

Workshop for Administrative Leaders