John Williams
PartneratLatham & Watkins LLP
Working (6-15 years of experience)

I am a corporate lawyer in the Bay Area working with technology and life sciences companies. I am interested in effective altruism and exploring how we can improve the world today and for future generations.  

How others can help me

I'm interested in exploring the legal needs of organizations and companies working on EA-aligned projects.  Please reach out if you have anything to share on this topic. 

How I can help others

I'm happy to discuss any legal or capital raising issues you may be having to see if I can help address or provide suggestions on next steps or referrals to address.  

Topic Contributions


How be productive before your baby turns one

I have a 4.5 year old and 2.5 year old.  On many dimensions it is easier now that they are a bit old.  We don't have to watch them as closely and they can play with each other (a bit).  If we are travelling or just need a break, they can watch TV (we try to keep it educational).   They are less fragile, so they can just eat what you're eating, it is easier to find a suitable babysitter and they don't need as many doctor's appointments, etc.  

But, other dimensions, they require a bigger time commitment.  The biggest one recently is that they are sleeping less.  A year ago, they would nap in the afternoon and we could put them to bed by about 7 pm.  Now, they don't really nap in the afternoons and sometimes they won't fall asleep until 9 pm.  

More info on EA Global admissions

Thank you for organizing this event and providing this thoughtful post.

Have we considered offering to provide the information for folks that applied via the Bizzabo app or inviting rejected applicants to the dinners? Frankly, I'm less interested in the speakers which can be viewed later via YouTube, but in the past I have benefited from meeting attendees and sharing ideas and experiences with others in the community. In the past, this was either via the conference app or just meeting in person.

Another thought would be to accept folks for certain days in the conference, if someone indicates in the form that they are willing to attend for only one of the two or three days. Or, maybe even just invite rejected folks to the Friday evening event, since that doesn't involve lunch, which is a bottleneck. Perhaps that is just too much complexity for an already complex event, but just a thought. Thanks again.

How to use the Forum

Thanks for organizing this. There is a lot of great content here that I've found interesting and useful.

EA gifts for kids?

I don't have much to add here, but this is a great question and one I'd be interested in more thoughts on. "Children Just Like Me" looks like a good book. My daughter also likes a book called "Be Kind" that was given to us -- it is about kindness generally and not effective altruism specifically, but helpful. It would be great to collect a list of resources on this topic somewhere sometime.

Lawyering to Give

Jeff, thanks for sharing these articles and your thoughts on this.

Thanks for the thorough explanation and recommendations. What if someone is looking for financial advice unrelated to asset allocation (e.g., regarding how much they can donate and when, given their retirement savings and college savings)? Or, advice regarding insurance products or real estate decisions? Would you recommend a fee-only financial planner in that instance?

PartneratLatham & Watkins LLP
Working (6-15 years of experience)