Karen J. Williams
|Karen J. Williams|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit|
|Appointed by:||George H.W. Bush|
|Active:||3/2/1992 - 7/8/2009|
|Preceded by:||Robert Chapman|
|Law School:||U. of South Carolina Law '80|
Early life and education
Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Williams graduated from Columbia College with her bachelor's degree in 1972 and later obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina Law Center in 1980.
Federal judicial career
On the recommendation of South Carolina U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, Williams was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on January 27, 1992 by President George H.W. Bush to fill a seat vacated by Robert Foster Chapman. Williams was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 27, 1992 on the unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on March 2, 1992.
Judge Williams announced her retirement to President Obama due to her diagnosis of the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Judge Williams was 57 years old at the time of the diagnosis. William Traxler will become the new chief judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
In an interview with the Washington Post Judge Williams' daughter Marian Scalise, said that her mother made a wrenching decision to leave a job she loves but did so promptly after her diagnosis to make sure she retired before any of her opinions could be questioned. "The court has always been in her life. She has always loved the court, and serving the citizens, and making sure her opinions were correct as far as the law is concerned. It's so difficult for her to step away from that".
- Judges of the Fourth Circuit (dead link)
- Greenville Online "Ex-chief judge, family cope with early-onset Alzheimer's," March 7, 2012
- The Times and Democrat, "T&D Editorial: Judge Williams was model of professionalism and for living; her funeral is today at 11," November 4, 2013
- Biography of Karen Williams
- Washington Post "Diagnosis of Early Alzheimer's Forces Chief Judge to Retire" July 10, 2009
- "THOMAS" Karen J. Williams USCA, 4th Cir. confirmation: PN859-102
- "Washington Post" Diagnosis of Early Alzheimer's Forces Chief Judge to Retire, July 10, 2009
|Federal judicial offices|
|Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Chief Judge: William Traxler • Barbara Keenan • Steven Agee • Harvie Wilkinson • Paul Niemeyer • Diana Motz • Robert King • Roger Gregory • Dennis Shedd • Allyson Duncan • Henry Floyd • James Wynn • Albert Diaz • Stephanie Thacker • Pamela Harris
|Former judges||Hugh Lennox Bond • Karen J. Williams • Blane Michael • Michael Luttig • Emory Sneeden • Samuel Ervin • James Sprouse • Charles Henry Simonton • Nathan Goff • Edmund Waddill • Jeter Connelly Pritchard • Martin Augustine Knapp • John Carter Rose • Charles Albert Woods • Morris Ames Soper • Elliott Northcott • John Johnston Parker • Armistead Dobie • Harrison Winter • James Craven • Donald Russell • Albert Bryan, Sr. • John Butzner • Hiram Widener • Herbert Boreman • John Field • Kenneth Hall • J. Spencer Bell • Clement Haynsworth • Francis Murnaghan • Simon Sobeloff • William Walter Wilkins •|
|Former Chief judges|