Mission

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.  A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public.

Chuck Williams

The Institute was founded in 2001 through a generous grant by businessman, academic, and philanthropist Charles R. “Chuck” Williams. Mr. Williams’ inaugural donation of $2.5 million to create the Williams Institute was the largest donation ever given to any academic institution in support of a gay and lesbian academic program in any discipline. Over the past decade, he has given over $13 million to fund the Institute.

In 2011, the Institute celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Over the last decade, the Institute grew from a small, part-time staff to a staff of 20, including scholars of diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Experts at the Williams Institute have authored dozens of public policy studies and law review articles, filed amicus briefs in key court cases, provided expert testimony at legislative hearings, been widely cited in the national media, and trained thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the public.

What We Do:
•    Legal Research
•    Public Policy Analysis
•    Judicial Training
•    Leadership Development

Who We Are:
•    Legal Scholars
•    Economists
•    Demographers
•    Social Scientists
•   Public Health Experts

Issues We Address:
•    Employment Discrimination
•    State Recognition of Same-sex Couples
•    Adoption and Parenting
•    LGBT Youth
•    Public Health
•   Economic Impact of Same-sex Marriage
•   Communities of Color
•   Military
•   Transgender
•   Violence and Crime
•   Immigration

Statement of Independence and Objectivity
The Williams Institute is committed to the highest standards of independent inquiry, academic excellence and rigor. Research findings and conclusions are never altered to accommodate other interests, including those of funders, other organizations, or government bodies and officials.

Contact Us:

The Williams Institute
UCLA School of Law
Box 951476
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476

Telelphone: (310) 267-4382
Fax: (310) 825-7270
By e-mail: williamsinstitute@law.ucla.edu

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