Wednesday, November 19, 2008

About Honorable Ann Claire Williams

Williams graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1975.
President Ronald Reagan appointed Williams as a United States District Judge in the Northern District of Illinois in 1985. In 1985 she became the first African-American woman to become a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois. At age 35, she also was among the youngest judges on the federal bench.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed Williams to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, making her the first African-American appointed to that court.
Both U.S. senators from Illinois, Democrat Richard J. Durbin and Republican Peter Fitzgerald, praised Williams at her investiture.
In 2000 alone, she received the National Black Law Students Association award at the Judge A. Leon Higginbottom Jr. Memorial Luncheon; National Council of Negro Women Women Making History award; award of excellence from the Notre Dame chapter of the Black Law Students Association; Illinois Judicial Council special achievement award; and The Chicago Bar Association Vanguard Award.
    Judge Ann Claire Wiliams' Rulings
  • Upholds GM program accused of religious bias
  • Ruling on patronage hiring convictions
  • power plant suffers new legal setback
  • Women's Club Hiring Is Ruled Discriminatory
  • Ryan could be on way to prison after appeals court denies hearing
  • Church building confiscated to pay tax debt
  • Compounds Injustice to Freed Inmate

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