Oral History of Judge Stephen F. Williams Now Available on Society Website

Former Circuit Judge Steve Williams did his oral history in five interviews conducted in 2007, 2008 and 2013. The 94-page transcript is a must-read on the Society’s website, www.dcchs.org. Here are a few highlights:

First job, pumping gas at $1.00/hour. Chose Harvard Law over Yale by a flip of a coin. Served in Mississippi in 1965 with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Taught law at University of Colorado. Proposed himself to President Raegan as a candidate for the Bench. Served 34 years. Married to Faith Morrow, with five children.

Read the Judge’s views on standing, administrative law, business law, affirmative action, criminal law and sentencing. Learn from him what judging is: “You’re trying to figure out what the rule means, what its application would be in different circumstances, and what the arguments are for interpreting a case this way and interpreting it that way. That is what professors and appellate judges do.”

Interviews conducted by Jonathan Nuechterlein of Sidley Austin.