Addie Williams

Addie Williams

Part-time Faculty

Addie Williams

Middle name



Addie D. Williams has more than 40 years of experience in the social work and legal fields. She began her social work career as a child welfare specialist for the State of Michigan. In 2016, after 20 years, she retired as President/CEO from Spaulding for Children a private non-profit child welfare agency specializing in services to children placed in the public child welfare system. Williams became part-time faculty at Wayne State University in 2003 teaching both a Social Policy and a Social Work and the Law class; additionally she instructed an Ethics course (CEUs) for Wayne State.
Williams completed her M.S.W. at Western Michigan University and received her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Law. In her legal practice, she serves as a consultant attorney to area child welfare agencies regarding parental rights terminations, adoption and foster care issues and has served as a consultant attorney and expert witness in child death cases. She provided Adoption Legal Training to state employees for more than ten years, and provided consultation to Michigan Judicial Circuit Courts and the Michigan Supreme Court Administrators Office on the development and implementation of Permanency Planning Mediation Programs

Degrees and Certifications

  • J.D., Wayne State University Law School
  • M.S.W., Western Michigan University
  • B.A., Oakland University, Rochester, MI
  • State Bar of Michigan Licensed Attorney
  • Social Work Board of Examiners - Licensed Social Worker Macro and Clinical
  • Certified Mediator

Teaching Interests

  • The integration of law and social policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Child welfare policy
  • Ethics
  • Social work and the law

← Return to listing