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The Honorable Ann Claire Williams

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Watermelon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Kauai, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/16/1949
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Watermelon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Kauai, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/16/1949
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Judge Ann Williams was born in Detroit on August 16, 1949, the oldest of three daughters born to Dorothy and Joshua Williams. Williams graduated from Wayne State University in 1970 with a degree in elementary education and then got a masters degree from the University of Michigan in guidance and counseling. She then taught third grade in Detroit until she went to the University of Notre Dame, where she received her law degree in 1976.

William began her legal career as a law clerk with Judge Robert Sprecher of the U.S. Court of Appeals. This beginning served her well for the career that awaited her. She worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago from 1976 to 1985, trying major felony cases. Then in 1985, President Ronald Reagan appointed her as the first African American woman on the Federal District Court in Illinois and only the ninth African American woman ever appointed to Federal District Court.

In August 1999, Williams was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Bill Clinton. She was confirmed on November 10, 1999, becoming the first African American ever appointed and the third African American woman to serve on any federal appeals court.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ann Williams interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ann Williams's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ann Williams gives some background on her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ann Williams talks about her mother's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ann Williams reveals how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ann Williams discusses family genealogy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ann Williams talks about her sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ann Williams shares cherished family memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ann Williams continues to remember her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ann Williams remembers the close-knit family relationships of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ann Williams details her life during Motown-era Detroit
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ann Williams decides to go law school on a lark
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ann Williams describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ann Williams conveys her early career desires
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ann Williams expresses her deep love of playing music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ann Williams loves Aretha Franklin's music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ann Williams discovers a great love of teaching
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ann Williams reveals her lyrical ability
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ann Williams is excited to see children learn
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ann Williams relates the various irons she had in the fire after graduating from college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ann Williams remembers her favorite teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ann Williams recalls her harrowing first day at Notre Dame Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ann Williams reflects upon her law school experience at Notre Dame
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ann Williams contrasts her music education with her legal training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ann Williams compares and contrasts her pre- and post-law school self
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ann Williams details her clerkship in the 7th Circuit after law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ann Williams describes her post-clerkship career strategy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ann Williams recalls her experience as a U.S. Attorney
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ann Williams details her various positions in the U.S. Attorney's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ann Williams relates the influence of her mentors in the U.S. Attorney's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ann Williams shares anecdotes from her tenure as a U.S. Attorney
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Ann Williams divulges the secret to being a great prosecutor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Ann Williams describes the impact working in Washington D.C. had upon her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ann Williams discovers she might be interested in serving on the bench
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ann Williams is nominated for federal district court judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ann Williams describes the judicial confirmation process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ann Williams gives a detailed background on the integration of the 7th Circuit bench
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ann Williams details the relationship between her judicial appointment and serving as a U.S. Attorney
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ann Williams receives a call from President Reagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ann Williams recalls the confirmation process and appointment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ann WIlliams describes life on the 7th Circuit District Court bench
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ann Williams relates her formula for success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Ann Williams discusses an on-the-job hazard: reversal of opinion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Ann Williams comes full-circle with a nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ann Williams swearing-in date for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ann Williams describes the difference of process between the district court and court of appeals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ann Williams expresses what her legacy may be
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ann Williams wants to leave a legacy of having made a difference in the community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ann Williams describes some pivotal cases in her judicial career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ann Williams details her mentors throughout her judicial career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ann Williams continues with black legal figures who inspired her
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ann Williams remembers Federal Judge Leon Higginbotham
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ann Williams remembers Federal Judge Constance Motley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Ann Williams speaks fondly of her mentor, Judge Damon Keith
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Ann Williams expresses the importance of blacks serving on the federal judiciary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Ann Williams expands on the importance of blacks serving on the federal bench
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Ann Williams share some final words of wisdom