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Mary Pearl Williams

Mary Pearl Williams, American judge. Bar: Texas 1949, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1955, United States District Court (western district) Texas 1987. Named Outstanding Woman, Austin American-Statesman, 1974, Austin Citizen, 1978, Woman of the Year, Austin District Business and Professional Women, 1977; named to Austin High School Hall of Fame, 1996.


  • Williams, Mary Pearl was born on January 12, 1928 in Brownsville, Texas, United States. Daughter of Marvin Redman and Theo Mae (Kethley) Hall.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Texas, 1948. Juris Doctor, University Texas, 1949.


    • Assistant attorney general State of Texas, Austin, 1949-1950. Relief judge Municipal Court, 1964. Assistant instructor department government University Texas, 1966-1967.

      Attorney Office of Emergency Preparedness, Executive Office of President, Washington, 1968-1970. Labor arbitrator, member arbitration panel American Arbitration Association, 1972-1973. Judge County Court Law 2, Travis County, Texas, 1973-1980, 53d Judicial District Court, Austin, 1981-2000, senior judge, since 2000.

      Consultant Department of Health, 1966—1967.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Texas 1949, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1955, United States District Court (western district) Texas 1987.


    When peaceful alternatives to resolve the conflict failed, the use of force may be the only option to check aggression or genocide.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    The Covenant is the means of grace by which the relationship with God is accepted and then sustained. It is therefore not so much about getting in to a relationship with God as it is about staying in it.

    Denomination: Methodist


    One may feel driven by urges such as anger, lust or greed. If anybody is willing to be open to the Holy Spirit, God helps to resist evil and to live life to the full.


    Member advisory committee Juvenile Board Travis County, 1964—1967. Trustee United Way, 1974—1978. Fellow: American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation.

    Member: Institute Judicial Administration, American Judicature Society, American Law Institute, Travis County Bar Association, College State Bar Texas, State Bar Texas, Junior League Austin, Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Kappa Gamma (honorary).


    • Married Jerre Stockton Williams, May 28, 1950. Children: Jerre Stockton, Shelley Wiliams Austin, Stephanie Williams Laden.
    • father: Marvin Redman Hall
    • mother: Theo Mae (Kethley) Hall
    • spouse: Jerre Stockton Williams
    • children: Jerre Stockton Williams
    • Shelley Wiliams Austin Williams
    • Stephanie Williams Laden Williams
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    Born January 12, 1928