Carine M. Williams focuses on high-stakes litigation and strategic counseling, especially in government-facing and appellate cases. As a founding member of the Public Service Initiative (PSI), Carine represents pro bono clients in habeas corpus and prisoner civil rights matters before state, federal and appellate courts. Her practice today draws broadly from nearly 20 years of experience in the law firm, not-for-profit and academic sectors.
Prior to rejoining the firm, Carine served as the chief program strategy officer at The Innocence Project, a nonprofit dedicated to overturning wrongful convictions and to criminal justice system reform. In this role, Carine supervised all exoneration efforts, strategic litigation, policy advocacy, data science and research, and social work. Carine also is experienced with helping clients design and optimize corporate social responsibility/environmental, social and governance projects, with corporate monitorships and internal investigations, and with advising on other statutory, regulatory and contractual compliance matters.
After attending Yale Law School, Carine clerked for the Honorable Deborah Batts of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. For five years, she taught a constitutional rights enforcement seminar at Columbia Law School, and she is currently an adjunct professor with the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) initiative.