Judge Williams, of Tallulah, was the first African American to serve as chief judge of the appellate court headquartered in Shreveport. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern University of Baton Rouge in 1977 and her juris doctor from Southern University School of Law in Baton Rouge in 1980. Following graduation, she served as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice, after which she worked as an attorney at Central Louisiana Legal Services and a central staff law clerk at the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Williams later worked as Madison Parish Assistant District Attorney, and as a partner at Williams and Williams APLC. She was elected as 6th Judicial District Court judge in 1991 where she served until her election to the 2nd Circuit in 1993. In 1994 she served as Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice pro tempore.

“Chief Judge Williams exemplifies commitment to justice evidenced by her impeccable 30 year career in the judiciary,” said Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. “Her service on the bench has provided a beacon for her successors and she will certainly be missed.”

Associate Justice Scott J. Crichton commented, “It has been my experience to witness her dedication to the rule of law. She is to be commended for her years of service.

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