Sarah J. Williams

Sarah J. Williams

Assistant Professor of Law

Email: sjw6018@psu.edu
Phone: 717-240-5295

Education:
J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Dartmouth College

Williams on Teaching

Securities regulation captured my attention as a law school student. I was curious about its relevance to my personal experience and intrigued by its reputation for complexity. Through my years of practice in the area, I learned that securities regulation is woven into the fabric of ordinary lives and not nearly as complex as its reputation might suggest. Teaching represents my dedication to demystifying this area of the law for students. My goal is to equip future lawyers with the academic knowledge required to comply with the regulations in this field and the contextual information necessary to change those regulations to further the public interest.

Williams on Scholarship

The U.S. securities markets are vital to the economic growth of our nation and the financial well-being of its residents. I have dedicated my professional career to ensuring that our markets remain fair, transparent and efficient. My research focuses on various aspects of securities regulation and explores areas for improvement based on empirical evidence and the analysis of the supervisory approaches used in other regulated industries.

Williams on Service

Service is both a social obligation and a developmental opportunity. I am privileged to have spent much of my legal career working to protect the investing public while at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, FINRA and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I also spent twelve years as an active member of Girl Scouts of the USA. I currently volunteer as an arbitrator for the D.C. Bar, where I help resolve fee disputes between D.C. lawyers and their clients. I also serve as a certified lay guardian, advocating for medical rights and property protections for a mentally disabled person in the state of New York.

Williams on Community

I was drawn to Penn State Dickinson Law by its unabashed dedication to fostering community at the institution. I feel honored to be a part of the law school family, which I view as a wonderfully diverse coalition that recognizes inclusivity as fundamental to its communal spirit.

Williams' Engagement with the Profession

Ongoing engagement with the legal community supplies a healthy dose of reality to supplement theoretical concepts of the law. It also inspires impactful scholarship and fosters camaraderie. I participate in financial agency alumni groups, where I engage with former colleagues and meet new ones in the legal profession. I also interact with attorneys from other fields of law through my service as an arbitrator for the D.C. Bar. Further, my work as a lay guardian offers opportunities to interact with NY-based attorneys who specialize in such fields as personal injury, landlord/tenant and disability rights. These collaborations strengthen my ability to bring real world experience to both my classroom and my scholarship.