Deborah Williams

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Deborah Williams is currently an associate professor for environmental science and biology at Johnson County Community College, a position she's held since 2005. At JCCC, she's received several honors, including the 2014 and 2011 Distinguished Service Award, the 2014 and 2010 College Scholar Award, the 2014 Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Award, the 2013 League for Innovation in the Community College Excellence Award, the 2010 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Faculty Achievement and Service Award, and the 2009 NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award. She graduated from KU Law in 2004 with a certificate in natural resources and environmental law, as well as a certificate in tribal law.

Courses Taught:
  • Law and Bioethics
  • ​Health Law and Policy
  • Public Health Law



J.D. Kansas, 2004; M.A., Philosophy, Kansas, 2015; M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State, 2012; M.A., Biology, Kansas, 2003; M.S., Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Kansas State, 1997; B.S., Animal Science, Kansas State, 1994; B.S., Biology, Kansas State, 1991.

Career History

Adjunct lecturer, Washburn University, 2004-2010; Adjunct professor of law, Washburn University, since 2005; Associate professor, Johnson County Community College, since 2005; Lecturer, University of Kansas School of Law, since 2010.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance