Vaughn C. Williams is elected trustee

Vaughn Williams

Vaughn Williams

Vaughn C. Williams, a partner at the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, was recently elected to the Stanford Board of Trustees. His five-year term begins Feb. 11, when the board is scheduled to convene for its first meeting of 2008.

Williams, JD '69, works in Skadden's largest office—its headquarters in New York City. He has been a partner for 29 years at the firm, where his practice has focused on class-action litigation and merger-and-acquisition litigation.

Williams also has represented many companies in investigations undertaken by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, the National Association of Securities Dealers and other regulatory agencies.

He is active in the firm's pro bono practice, and serves on the committee that administers the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, which annually awards two-year fellowships to recent law school graduates so they can pursue the practice of public interest law on a full-time basis.

"I'm very pleased that Vaughn is willing to serve as a trustee," said board Chair Burt McMurtry. "I'm really looking forward to working with him."

Including Williams, the board will have 32 members, three members below its limit of 35.

Williams, 62, was born in Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor's degree in American history and literature from Harvard in 1966. In 1969, during his third year at Stanford Law School, he was president of the Stanford Law Review. Currently, he is a member of the Law School's Capital Campaign Steering Committee and of its Board of Visitors.

Williams serves on several boards of directors, including the Apollo Theater Foundation, whose goal is to preserve and develop the legendary theater in Harlem; the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a performing arts center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York; and Lawyers for Children Inc., which offers free legal and social work advocacy to abused and neglected children, children in foster care and children in high-conflict custody cases.