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Ann Williams

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Ann Williams
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #18
Station:   Chicago, IL
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/15/1999-Present
Preceded by:   Walter Cummings
Past post:   Northern District of Illinois
Past term:   1985-1999
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Detroit, MI
Undergraduate:   Wayne State University, 1970
Law School:   Notre Dame Law School, 1975
Grad. School:   University of Michigan, 1972

Ann Williams is a federal judge in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.[1]


Williams graduated from Wayne State University in Michigan with her bachelor's degree in 1970 and from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with her master's degree in 1972. Williams went on to graduate from Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Williams was a law clerk for former federal appeals judge, Robert A. Sprecher, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1975 to 1976. Wiliams served as an assistant U.S. attorney, in various positions, for the Northern District of Illinois with the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1976 to 1985. From 1980 to 1983, Williams was the Deputy Chief U.S. Attorney for the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division before serving as Chief U.S. Attorney in charge of the Anti-Corruption, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force for the Northern District of Illinois, from from 1983 to 1985.[1]

Since 1979, Williams served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at Northwestern University Law School in Evanston, Illinois and the John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Judicial career

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Williams was nominated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton on August 5, 1999, to a seat vacated by Judge Walter J. Cummings, Jr. Williams was confirmed by the Senate on November 10, 1999, on a majority voice vote and received commission on November 15, 1999.[2]

Northern District of Illinois

On the recommendation of former Congressman Henry Hyde, Williams was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Ronald Reagan on March 13, 1985, to a new judgeship created by 98 Stat. 333. Williams was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 3, 1985, and received commission on April 4, 1985.[1] Williams was succeeded in this position by Judge Joan Lefkow.

Pathways to the bench

Judge Hopkins was featured in the U.S. Courts "Pathways to the Bench" education program.

Potential Supreme Court nominee

It was reported in the April 21, 2010, edition of The Los Angeles Times that Judge Williams was on a list of ten potential candidates who could succeed Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Judge Williams was the first African-American to ever be confirmed to be a District Judge in the Seventh Circuit after President Ronald Reagan nominated her to the Northern District of Illinois in 1985.

Also, Williams earned the distinction as the first African-American to be elevated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1993 when President Bill Clinton nominated Williams.[3]

Awards and associations

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Northern District of Illinois
Seat #18
Succeeded by:
Joan Humphrey Lefkow
Preceded by:
Walter Cummings
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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