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Williams Institute Biography

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“Williams Institute scholars have filed amicus briefs and served as expert witnesses in many cases concerning marriage rights for same-sex couples, including all of the
cases before the Supreme Court. Numerous courts have relied explicitly on William Institute research in striking down bans on marriage for same-sex couples, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits.”

“Expert and Informed Analysis of Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Arguments on Same-sex Marriage,”, Apr. 27, 2015


“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.

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.”

“Mission,” (accessed June 22, 2015)


“The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.”

“Mission,” (accessed June 22, 2015)

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