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JAQUELINE WILLIAMS

Attorney motto: Aligned for Excellence

Jaqueline Williams, is a native of Oakland, California, and practices criminal and civil litigation in Washington, D.C. After receiving her B.S. in Criminal Justice at Grambling State University in 1997, Ms. Williams began her legal career in law enforcement as a Juvenile Corrections Officer in Atlanta, Georgia. She later attended law school at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she served as a staff writer on the law school’s Law Review. After graduating with Honors, she served the residents of Kings County as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York.

After her tenure as a prosecutor, she opened a criminal defense firm in New York City, and later relocated to the District of Columbia. In her current practice, she zealously pursues justice for persons accused of Felony and Misdemeanor crimes within the District, and represents employees with Civil Rights and Employment related matters.

Attorney Williams is licensed to practice law in New York (including the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York) and the District of Columbia.

COMMUNITY TIES

Attorney Williams proudly serves as an Ambassador for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, currently under construction on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

In 2014, she was appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia to serve as a Commissioner on the District of Columbia’ s Commission on Re-Entry and Returning Citizens Affairs. Commissioner Williams serves as Secretary for the Commission, and works diligently to help align and leverage resources for the reentry community, and tackle systemic issues that affect formerly incarcerated citizens, post-conviction.

Attorney Williams serves as a volunteer attorney for President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Clemency 2014″ Initiative. In this capacity, attorneys will submit petitions to the President on behalf of federal prisoners. The President and Attorney General Holder anticipate the release of thousands of federal prisoners who if sentenced today under current sentencing laws and policies, would likely have received a substantially lower sentence.

Additional community endeavors have included mentoring youth in conjunction with the Children’s Aid Society of New York, and also serving as a member of the Legal Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

AFFILIATIONS

* National Action Network
* Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
* Diverse In-house Counsel Network
* American Bar Association
* District of Columbia Bar Association
* Order of the Eastern Star

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