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Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law (usually shortened to Williams Institute) is a public policy research institute based at the UCLA School of Law focused on sexual orientation and gender identities issues.

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law
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Named afterCharles R. "Chuck" Williams
Founded2001; 18 years ago (2001)
TypeResearch Institute
Executive Director
Jocelyn Samuels (2017-Present), Brad Sears (2001-2017)



The Williams Institute was founded in 2001 through a grant by Charles R. "Chuck" Williams. Williams's inaugural donation of $2.5 million to create the institute was the largest donation ever given to any academic institution in support of a LGBT academic program in any discipline.[1][2] In 2013, Williams donated an additional $5.5 million to support the institute.[1]


The Williams Institute focuses on legal research, public policy analysis, judicial training, and leadership development. Their core focus issues include employment discrimination, same-sex marriage,[3] adoption, LGBT youth, public health, immigration, poverty,[4] and violence.[2] The institute also provides an LGBT analysis of the United States Census.[3][5]


Researchers involved with the Williams Institute includes:


  1. ^ a b "UCLA Law Receives $5.5 Million Gift to Support Growth and Leadership of the Williams Institute". (Press release). UCLA School of Law. July 9, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mission". Williams Institute. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b AlHajal, Khalil (June 26, 2015). "Michigan gay marriage ban overturned by Supreme Court". Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Williams Institute Finds Erasing Gender Wage Gap Would Reduce LGBT Poverty". Between The Lines. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Sherman, Mark (June 26, 2015). "Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide". Chippewa Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "website". Williams Institute. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "website". Williams Institute. Retrieved February 13, 2017.

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