Carlton E. Williams

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence (Fall term)
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
250 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-5591
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Lyndsey Clark
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Carlton Williams is a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. He joined the ACLU of Massachusetts in September 2013. Previously, he served as a criminal defense attorney with the Roxbury Defenders Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

A long-time resident of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, he has been an activist and organizer on issues of war, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, racial justice and Palestinian self-determination. Carl is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and has served on its Massachusetts board of directors. During the Occupy Boston movement he was part of its legal defense and support team, which provided nearly 24-hour support to the participants.

More recently, Carl was a Givelber Distinguished Lecturer on Public Interest Law at Northeastern University School of Law, where he taught a class on social justice movements and the law.


B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1991
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2006