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Karen Hastie Williams

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Mangoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not Important To Be The First If You Can't Open The Door For A Second Or Third In Whatever You Do.

Birthplace

Born:
9/30/1944
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Mangoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not Important To Be The First If You Can't Open The Door For A Second Or Third In Whatever You Do.

Birthplace

Born:
9/30/1944
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Karen Hastie Williams was born on September 30, 1944 in Washington, D.C. to Beryl and William H. Hastie, Jr. Her father was the first African American federal judge appointed to the bench of the Federal District Court in the U.S. Virgin Islands and became the first African American Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1946. In 1949, he was appointed to the Third United States Circuit Court of Appeals, where he would serve for twenty-one years. Judge William H. Hastie along with Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and others worked on the cases that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Williams graduated from Girls’ High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. degree from Bates College in 1966 and her M.A. degree from Tufts University in 1967. In 1973, she received her J.D. degree from Catholic University of America. She was then hired as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Williams served as Chief Counsel of the Senate Committee on the Budget from 1977 until 1980. She also served as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. In 1982, she was the first African American to joined Crowell & Moring LLP, where she made partner in two years. As a retired partner, she has taken on a new area of expertise, seeking compensation for victims of terrorism.

From 1992 to 1993, Williams served as Chair of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law and became Director of Washington Gas & Light. Williams was appointed by President George W. Bush and served with distinction as a Public Life Member of the Internal Revenue Oversight Board from 2000 to 2003 and was Chair of the Red Cross Governance Advisory Committee.

Williams is a member of the National Contract Management Association, the Black Women Lawyers Association, the National Bar Association and the Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C. Her community activities include service on the Board of Directors of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under the Law. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund at Amherst College and formerly of the National Cathedral School.

Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 27, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Karen Hastie Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Karen Hastie Williams lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her maternal grandfather's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her father's work under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her father's roles in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Karen Hastie Williams describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Karen Hastie Williams talks about her father's civil rights activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Karen Hastie Williams remembers Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Karen Hastie Williams recalls her father's civil rights casework
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Karen Hastie Williams describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her transition to public schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Karen Hastie Williams describes General Louis Wagner Junior High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Karen Hastie Williams remembers the Philadelphia High School for Girls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Karen Hastie Williams describes the East Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her experiences at the Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Karen Hastie Williams recalls her decision to attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her experiences at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her undergraduate thesis and graduate studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Karen Hastie Williams remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her position at the Mobil Oil Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Karen Hastie Williams talks about her husband and children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Karen Hastie Williams recalls her decision to attend the Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Karen Hastie Williams remembers the Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Karen Hastie Williams recalls her judicial clerkships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Karen Hastie Williams talks about her father and Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her career in government
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Karen Hastie Williams recalls her role at the Office of Management and Budget
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Karen Hastie Williams describes the law firm of Crowell and Moring LLP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Karen Hastie Williams talks about her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her work with the American Red Cross
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Karen Hastie Williams talks about the leadership of the American Red Cross
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Karen Hastie Williams describes her terrorism casework at Crowell and Moring LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Karen Hastie Williams reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Karen Hastie Williams shares a message to future generations