Business Law

Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams
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Melanie Stallings Williams is a professor of business law and the executive director of the Real Estate and Land Use Institute, a collaboration among California State University, California’s Department of Real Estate, and industry leaders.

Professor Williams teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels, with courses including traditional Business Law core courses along with Marketing Law, Intellectual Property Law, Ethics, Negotiation, in the MBA Introduction to Contemporary Business cross-disciplinary course, and in the university’s Sustainability program. She has taught, as well, in international business programs at ICN (Nancy, France), INSEEC (Paris, Bordeaux), Corvinus University (Budapest), and Toulouse Business School. Her areas of academic research include antitrust law, intellectual property, ethics, biotechnology, small business programs, and pedagogy.

Professor Williams has a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and has practiced in the areas of civil litigation, business matters and intellectual property.

Selected recent publications:

Peter Sebastian Havens & Melanie Stallings Williams, University Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies in the Humanities, Journal of College Reading and Learning, DOI: 10:1080/10790195.2019.1635371 (2019).   

Ray R. Calnan, Deborah A. Cours & Melanie Stallings Williams, Connecting to the Real World: Incorporating Student Consulting Projects in Real Estate Programs, Journal of Education for Business, DOI: 10.1080/08832323.2019.1599796 (2019).

Christopher M. Burke, Stephanie A. Hackett, David W. Mitchell, Simon J. Wilke, Melanie Stallings Williams, Michael A. Williams & Wei Zhao, Masters of the Universe: Bid Rigging by Private Equity Firms in Multibillion Dollar LBOs, 87 University of Cincinnati  Law Review 29 (2018).

Melanie Stallings Williams, Using Ethos Pathos & Logos in Teaching Business, Ethics, and Negotiation, 1 ALSB Journal of Business Law & Ethics Pedagogy 45 (Winter 2018).

Michael A. Williams, Wei Zhao, Melanie Stallings Williams, The OPEC of Potatoes: Should Collusive Agricultural Production Restrictions Be Immune from Antitrust Law Enforcement? 11 Virginia Law & Business Review 399 (2017).

David S. Sibley, Matthew D. Sibley & Melanie Stallings Williams, Tying and Bundled Discounts: An Equilibrium Analysis of Antitrust Liability Tests, 13 Berkeley Business Law Journal 149 (2016).

Shirley V. Svorny & Melanie Stallings Williams, Bad Math: How Non-Union Employees are Unconstitutionally Compelled to Subsidize Political Speech 25USC Interdisciplinary Law Journal 135 (2016).

Hilary M. Goldberg, Melanie Stallings Williams & Deborah Cours, It’s a Nuisance: The future of Fracking Litigation in the Wake of Parr v. Aruba Petroleum Inc., 33 Virginia Environmental Law Journal 1 (2015).

Melanie Stallings Williams & Dennis A. Halcoussis, Unions and Democracy: When Do Nonmembers Have Voting Rights? J. of Business & Technology Law (2014).

A. Lynn Phillips, G. Michael Phillips & Melanie Stallings Williams, What’s Good in Theory May be Flawed in Practice: Potential Legal Consequences of Poor Implementation of a Theoretical Sample, 9 Hastings Business Law Journal 77 (2012).

Gerlinde Berger-Walliser, Melanie Stallings Williams, Björn Walliser & Mark Bender, Bavarian Blondes Don’t Need a Visa: A Comparative Law Analysis of Ambush Marketing, 21 Tulane J. of International and Comparative Law 1 (2012).

Michael A. Williams, Kevin Kreitzman, Melanie Stallings Williams & William M. Havens, Estimating Monopoly Power with Economic Profits, U.C. Davis Business Law Journal (Spring, 2010).

Allan B. Cooper, Kim R. Greenhalgh, & Melanie Stallings Williams, Too Close For Comfort: Application of Shareholder’s Derivative Actions to Disputes Involving Closely Held Corporations, 9 U.C. Davis Business Law Journal, Issue 2 (Spring, 2009).

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