Thomas Williams is the supervising attorney in the Duke Law School Start-Up Ventures Clinic, as well as the director of the JD/MA in Bioethics and Science Policy joint degree program. In the Start-Up Ventures Clinic, he works with students to represent North Carolina-based early stage for-profit and nonprofit entities. His academic interest in the start-up area is focused on access to economic independence for normally marginalized groups, including disadvantaged youth and children, and women and minorities.
In his role as the director of the JD/MA program, Williams helps to mentor and guide students through the three-year joint degree program. In the field of bioethics, his work is focused on research ethics, clinical ethics consultation, and body as property. He is also the Program Director for DukeEngage Washington, a summer civic engagement program focused on the intersection of science and policymaking.
Prior to joining Duke Law, Williams was a corporate attorney at two large New York law firms and served as assistant general counsel to a physician practice. He holds a JD and a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.