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Stephen F. Williams

Stephen F. Williams
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Assumed office
September 30, 2001
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
June 16, 1986 – September 30, 2001
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Malcolm Wilkey
Succeeded by Janice Rogers Brown
Personal details
Born Stephen Fain Williams
(1936-09-23) September 23, 1936
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard University

Stephen Fain Williams (born September 23, 1936) is a Senior Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was appointed to the court in June 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, and took senior status in September 2001.[1]

He was the son of prominent lawyer C. Dickerman Williams. Stephen F. Williams graduated from Yale College (B.A. 1958) magna cum laude, where he was a member of Manuscript Society, and from Harvard Law School (J.D. 1961) magna cum laude. Judge Williams was engaged in private practice from 1962 to 1966 and became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1966. From 1969 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Williams taught at the University of Colorado School of Law. During this time, he also served as a Visiting Professor of Law at UCLA, University of Chicago Law School, and Southern Methodist University and was a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States and the Federal Trade Commission.

Judge Williams is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles. His most recent work is Liberal Reform in an Illiberal Regime, 1906–1915: The Creation of Private Property in Russia, a book described by former acting Prime Minister of Russia Yegor Gaidar as "absolutely splendid".[2]

Selected Published Works

  • The Natural Gas Revolution of 1985, 1985
  • Cases on Oil and Gas Law (With R. Maxwell, P. Martin and B. Kramer), 6th ed., 1992
  • Subjectivity, Expression & Privacy: Problems of Aesthetic Regulation, 62 Minnesota Law Review 1, 1977
  • Running Out: The Problem of Exhaustible Resources, 7 Journal of Legal Studies 165, 1978
  • Solar 'Access' and Property Rights: A Maverick Analysis, 11 Connecticut Law Review 430, 1979
  • Implied Covenants for Development and Exploration in Oil and Gas Leases - The Determination of Profitability, 27 Kansas Law Review 443, 1979
  • The Static Conception of the Common Law: A Comment, 9 Journal of Legal Studies 277, 1980
  • Getting Downtown - Relief of Highway Congestion Through Pricing, Regulation, p. 45, March/April, 1981
  • Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Leases: Some General Principles, 29 Kansas Law Review 153, 1981
  • An Energy Policy Perspective on Solar Hot Water Equipment Mandates, 1 UCLA Journal on Environmental Law and Policy 135, 1981
  • 'Liberty' In the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments: The Intentions of the Framers, 53 Colorado Law Review 117, 1981
  • Severance Taxes: The Supreme Court's Role in Preserving a National Common Market for Energy Supplies, 53 Colorado Law Review 281, 1982
  • Liberty and Property: The Problem of Government Benefits, 12 Journal of Legal Studies 3, 1983
  • The Requirement of Beneficial Use as a Cause of Waste in Water Resource Development, 23 Natural Resource Journal 7, 1983
  • Energy Policy in the Cold Light of Morning, 61 Texas Law Review 571, 1983
  • Free Trade in Water Resources: Sporhase v. Nebraska ex rel. Douglas, 2 S. Ct. Economic Review 89, 1984
  • Implied Covenants' Threat to the Value of Oil and Gas Reserves, 36 Institute on Oil and Gas Law and Taxation, Chapter 3, 1985
  • Federal Preemption of State Conservation Laws After the Natural Gas Policy Act: A Preliminary Look, 56 Colorado Law Review 521, 1985
  • The Proposed Sea-Change in Natural Gas Regulation, 6 Energy Law Journal 233, 1985
  • The Law of Prior Appropriation: Possible Lessons for Hawaii 25 Natural Resource Journal 911, 1985
  • The Legal Integration of Energy Markets (With Terence Daintith) Vol. 5 of Integration Through Law: Europe and the American Federal Experience, 1987
  • Second Best: The Soft Underbelly of Deterrence Theory in Tort, 106 Harvard Law Review 932, 1993
  • Hybrid Rulemaking, Under the Administrative Procedure Act: A Legal and Empirical Analysis, 42 University of Chicago Law Review 401, 1975
  • Panel: Culpability, Restitution, and the Environment: The Vitality of { Common Law Rules 21 Ecology Law Quarterly, 559, 1994
  • Unconstitutional Conditions Through a Libertarian Prism Public Interest Law Review, 159, 1994
  • Legal Versus Non-Legal Theory 17 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 79, Winter, 1997
  • Court-Gazing: Reviews of David C. Savage, Turning Right: The Making of the REhnquist Supreme Court, and H.W. Perry, Jr., Deciding to Decide: Agenda Setting in the United States Supreme Court, 91 Michigan Law Review, 1158, 1993
  • The Roots of Deference (Review of Christopher F. Edley, Jr., Administrative Law: Rethinking Judicial Control of Bureaucracy) 100 Yale Law Journal 1103, 1991
  • Background Norms in the Regulatory State, (Review of Cass R. Sunstein, After the Rights Revolution: Reconceiving the Regulatory State) 58 University of Chicago Law Review 419, 1991
  • Fingers in the Pie (Review of Jeremy Rabkin, Judicial Compulsions: How Public Law Distorts Public Policy) 68 Texas Law Review 1303, 1990
  • Review of Morton Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law, 25 UCLA Law Review 1187, 1978
  • Review of Richard A. Posner, Economic Analysis of Law, 45 University of Colorado Law Review 437-53, 1974
  • Fixing the Rate of Return After Duquesne, 8 Yale Journal on Reg. 159, 1991
  • Pollution Control: Taxes v. Regulation (International Institute for Economic Research, Original Paper 23), August, 1979
  • Optimizing Water Use: The Return Flow Issue, 44 University of Colorado Law Review 301, 1973
  • Risk Regulation and Its hazards: Review of Stephen Breyer, Breaking the Vicious Circle, 93 Mich. L. Rev. 1498, 1995
  • Deregulatory Takings and Breach of the Regulatory Contract: A Comment 71 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1000, 1996


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Preceded by
Malcolm Wilkey
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Succeeded by
Janice Rogers Brown
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