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David Williams II 1948-2019

Professor of Law

David Williams joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2000, when he joined Vanderbilt University's administration as vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics, a position from which he retired in fall 2018. Williams also served as the university’s general counsel and secretary from 2000 until 2013. In addition to serving in university administrative positions at Vanderbilt and the Ohio State University, Williams wrote, lectured and participated in many seminars on topics of tax law, sports law, law and education, and legal history. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, he taught at the law schools of the University of Detroit, Capital University and Ohio State University, and he directed the Ohio State University law program in Oxford, England, in 1992 and 1995. Williams was an active member of the American Corporate Counsel Association and the American Bar Association, where he served on the Bar Admissions Committee, the Section of Legal Education and Admissions Standards Review Committee and the Standing Committee on Public Education. As a member of the ABA's Section of Business Law, Williams served as co-chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee. He also visited law schools as a member of ABA accreditation teams and served on the Membership Review Committee of the American Association of Law Schools. He was a member of the board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and on the National Collegiate Athletic Association's General Advisory Board and its Infractions Appeals Committee. He was member of the Nashville Branch of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Board and was admitted to the state Bars of Tennessee, Michigan and the District of Columbia.


Representative Publications

  • “Guarding Your Back.” NACUBO Business Officer (November 2008)
  • “We Still Have a Ways to Go – Equality and Civil Rights over Four Decades,” The Vanderbilt Lawyer, Vol. 32, No 2. (Fall 2002)
  • “Financing A College Education: A Taxing Dilemma,” 50 Ohio State Law Journal 561 (1989)
  • “Back to the Future: A Time for Rethinking the Test for Resident Alien Status Under the Income Tax Law,” 21 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 965 (1988)
  • "Foreign Students and Scholars and the United States Tax System," 23 Journal of Law & Education 1 (1994)
  • "A Warning on Employee Status: Individual Worker or Independent Contractor," 5 Business Law Today (1995)
  • "Related Party Transactions and Constructive Ownership; Sections 267 and 318," Tax Management Inc. No. 554 (1992)
  • Foreign Students and Scholars and The United States Tax System, monograph, University of Houston Law Center, Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance (1992)
  • "Is the Federal Government Suiting Up to Play in the Reform Game?" 20 Capital University Law Review 621 (1991)
  • "The Federal Enterprise Zone (EZ) Concept at the Federal Level: Are the Proposed Tax Incentives the Needed Ingredient," 9 Virginia Tax Review 711 (Spring 1990)