Ian R. Williams is the inaugural Fellow for the Law and Mobility Project at the University of Michigan Law School, and serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Mobility. His current work deals with the relationship between the law and emerging mobility and transportation technologies, with a special focus on connected and automated vehicles. Ian’s other areas of interest include privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights. He is most interested in the way emerging technology effects existing legal, political, and social structures, and the effect governmental use of such technology can have on the rights of individuals and communities. Ian was named a 2019 Internet Law & Policy Foundry Fellow, and is a member of the Board of the Michigan Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and the District of Columbia.
Ian received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he earned the Irving Stenn, Jr. Award for his leadership and contribution to the law school through extracurricular activities. While at Michigan he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (now the Michigan Technology Law Review), and was a proud member of The Headnotes, Michigan Law’s premier (and only) a cappella group. As a law student, he summered at the Center for Democracy & Technology and later the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, both in Washington, D.C. A native of the Chicago suburbs, he received his B.A. in Political Science with Highest Distinction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to law school, Ian worked in political media strategy and later technology policy.