Williams honored at reception
The judge, who retired last year, has "opened his life and given us the privilege of sharing it with you," said Charlie Condon, associate dean for information services and law library director. It is rare for a school ASL's size to have the complete collection of a federal judge, he noted.
Dean Wes Shinn and Jon Marion '05, one of Williams' former law clerks, unveiled a plaque to be displayed at ASL listing all of Williams' clerks. Nine of them have become judges themselves, Williams noted, and several have been affiliated with ASL in some way.
Williams lauded his "consistently good" law clerks. He praised Cynthia Kinser, one of his first clerks and an ASL board member, and wished her well as she begins her term as Virginia's new Supreme Court chief justice and the first from Southwest Virginia. "I couldn't begin to say what an excellent job she did," he said.
"All of us are blessed to have had the opportunity to clerk for you," Kinser said. "We owe our success to your teachings."
The collection includes Williams' law-school notebooks, copies of judicial decisions, newspaper articles about his cases, photos, awards, and notes from family and law clerks. Among the highlights are an opinion written completely in limericks and reports chronicling Williams' involvement in the Pittston Coal strike. Williams' family will add to the collection on an ongoing basis.
The materials are permanently housed in a reserve room at the library, accessible during normal operating hours. Staff will periodically rotate items from the collection into a public display case.
"We take seriously our commitment to preserving his legacy," Condon said. "We thank Judge Williams for entrusting us with it."