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Ann Claire Williams

Ann Claire Williams, American federal judge. Recipient Earl Burns Dickerson award, Chicago Bar Association, 1997, Tradition of Excellence award, Minority Legal Resources, Inc., 1997, Thurgood Marshall Jurist of Year, Legal Ministry of Second Baptist Church, 1997, Alumni of Year, Black Law Students Assn, University Notre Dame, 1997, Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service award, Colby College, 2002.


Williams, Ann Claire was born on August 16, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.


Bachelor of Science, Wayne State University, 1970. Master of Arts, University Michigan, 1972. Juris Doctor, University Notre Dame, 1975.

Degree (honorary), Lake Forest College, 1987. Degree (honorary), University Portland, 1993. Degree (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1997.


Law clerk to Honorary Robert A. Sprecher, 1975-1976. Assistant United States attorney United States District Court (northern district) Illinois, Chicago, 1976-1985. Faculty National Institute for Trial Advocacy, since 1979, also board directors.

Adjunct professor, lecturer Northwestern University Law School, since 1979, John Marshall Law School, since 1979. Judge United States District Court (northern district) Illinois, 1985-1999, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit), Chicago, since 1999. Chief Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force for North Central Region, 1983-1985.

Member court administration and case management committee Judicial Conference United States, 1990-1997, chair, 1993-1997.


Secretary board trustees University Notre Dame. Founder Minority Legal Resources, Inc. Member Federal Bar Association, Federal Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Judicial Council, Cook County Bar Asn., Women's Bar Association Illinois, Black Women's Lawyers Association Greater Chicago.


Married David J. Stewart.