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Kathleen M. Williams

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Kathleen M. Williams
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #9
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   8/2/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Daniel Hurley
Personal History
Born:   1956
Hometown:   Derby, CT
Undergraduate:   Duke U., B.A., 1978
Law School:   U. of Miami Law, J.D., 1982
Kathleen M. Williams is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She joined the court in 2011 after an appointment from Barack Obama. At the time of appointment, Williams was a Federal Public Defender.[1]

Early life and education

Williams received her B.A. from Duke University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1982.[2][1]

Professional career

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.[2][1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Florida

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Kathleen M. Williams
 Court:Southern District of Florida
 Progress:Confirmed 377 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA 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.[2][1]

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.[3]

Williams was confirmed to her post by a Senate voice vote on August 2, 2011.[4]

Awards and associations

  • 2002-2008: Chairperson, Federal Defender Advisory Group and representative to the Defender Services Committee of the Judicial Conference[2]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Daniel Hurley
Southern District of Florida
Seat #9
Succeeded by:

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