Sarah WilliamsMarch 2022 — Professor Sarah Williams has accepted an invitation to present her work-in-progress, Regulatory Personhood: The Elixir For Auditor Oversight Redundancy Between The SEC and The PCAOB, at the annual Wharton Financial Regulation Conference to be held in Philadelphia on April 1, 2022. The article represents the second installment in a series by Professor Williams on the topic of the regulation of public company auditors. Her first article, The Alchemy of Effective Auditor Oversight (25 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1089 (2022)), considered processes by which audit firms are selected for regulatory oversight. At the Wharton Financial Conference, Professor Williams will present her current research exploring the redundancy between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board with respect to enforcement authority. Professor Williams is excited to among a select group of financial regulation experts discussing current issues of law and policy.

Professor Williams current serves as an Assistant Professor at Penn State Dickinson Law, where her research focuses on the intersection of federal securities regulation and accounting. Prior to joining Dickinson Law, Professor Williams practiced law as a securities regulator. She was Deputy Director at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and Associate General Counsel at NASD, now FINRA. She spent several years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, serving as staff attorney and branch chief in its Division of Enforcement, then as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Isaac C. Hunt, Jr. Professor Williams began her legal career as an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.