Susan M. Williams

Susan M. Williams

Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota
Partner, Williams and Works, PA

Susan M. Williams is a shareholder in Williams & Works, P.A., an Indian-owned and woman-owned law firm in Corrales , New Mexico . Ms. Williams, an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Nation, is a graduate of Radcliffe College of Harvard University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude , 1976) and of Harvard Law School (J.D. 1981). Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Williams joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Kampelman, where she worked in the Indian Banking and Law department for five years. She was the Executive Director of the Navajo Tax Commission in Window Rock, Arizona and served as Chairperson of the Commission (1976-1978) and also returned to Harvard Law School as a lecturer in Indian Law for five years and then at Stanford Law School for one year

In addition, Ms. William serves on several Boards of Directors and National Advisory Committees on state-tribal relations, resource development and environmental protection, including the World Wildlife Fund, the American Bar Association, Water Resources Committee, the American Indian Resources Institute, St. Michaels Indian School, Indian Law Resource Center and the Grand Canyon Trust. Ms. Williams also serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. As a lead lobbyist in several successful Indian legislative efforts, Ms. Williams has impacted amendments such as one to treat Indian Tribes as states under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Indian Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act. In April of 1989, Ms. Williams successfully argued the Big Horn case before the United States Supreme Court. She represents numerous Indian tribes on their water rights and other matters and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the New Mexico Bar, the American Bar Association, and the United States Supreme Court Bar.