Kathleen M. Williams
|Kathleen M. Williams|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||8/2/2011 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Daniel Hurley|
|Undergraduate:||Duke U., B.A., 1978|
|Law School:||U. of Miami Law, J.D., 1982|
Early life and education
After graduating from law school, Williams worked in private practice until 1984. Next, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for four years. In 1988, she returned to private practice. Two years later, she became Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Southern Florida. In 1995, she was named Federal Public Defender for that district and served in that capacity until appointment to the courts.
Southern District of Florida
|Candidate:||Kathleen M. Williams|
|Court:||Southern District of Florida|
|Progress:||Confirmed 377 days after nomination.|
|ABA Rating:||Substantial Well Qualified, Minority Qualified|
On July 21, 2010, President Obama nominated Williams to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Williams's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011.
She was rated as "Well Qualified" by a substantial majority and "Qualified" by a minority of the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 2, 2011, and you can find her hearing transcript here.
Awards and associations
- 2002-2008: Chairperson, Federal Defender Advisory Group and representative to the Defender Services Committee of the Judicial Conference
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of Florida
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|