Monday, December 17, 2018
William H. Hanson

Department Chair
Chabot College

William graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Economy and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in California and Colorado and has community college faculty certifications in Law, Administration of Justice and Political Science.


Currently, he is an Instructor and the Department Chair for the Administration of Justice program at Chabot College in Hayward, California. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Law and Democracy Program. He has been a member of the law school faculty at Gonzaga University, University of Colorado, and John F. Kennedy University School of Law.


Before joining the faculty at Chabot, William worked at Mills College and the Peralta Community College District. At Mills College, he was the Assistant Director of the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL), a program to advance the civic leadership capacities and commitments of women. At Peralta, he was the Dean for Community Partnerships and Workforce Development at Laney College and the Interim Director of Development for the Peralta Community College District.


During the 2011-12 academic year, William was selected as a Human Rights Educator Fellow at Stanford University. As a Visiting Scholar, he worked with other community college educators and Stanford faculty affiliated with the Program on Human Rights and the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education on an initiative to expand human rights education to California Community Colleges.


He is a member of the California State Bar Council on Access & Fairness, which advises the State Bar Board of Governors on diversity strategies and goals, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Council’s College/Law School committee.