Equal Justice Works 2020 Conference and Career Fair

Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.), of counsel in Jones Day's Chicago Office, will interview former United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. as the keynote event during the Equal Justice Works 2020 Conference and Career Fair on October 23. The virtual conversation will focus on experiences during Mr. Holder's long career in public service and his perspective on issues facing our democracy, including voting rights.

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will be held October 22-24, 2020 and is the largest national public interest legal career fair. The annual event brings together more than 200 public interest employers to conduct interviews with law students and recent graduates for full-time positions and internships. For more details, please visit the Equal Justice Works website.

Judge Williams, long devoted to promoting the effective delivery of justice worldwide, leads Jones Day's efforts in advancing the rule of law in Africa. She has partnered with judiciaries, attorneys, NGOs, and the U.S. Departments of Justice and State to lead training programs in Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. She also has taught at the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Williams in 1985 to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, making her the first woman of color to serve on a district court in the three-state Seventh Circuit. In 1999, President Bill Clinton's nomination made her the first and only judge of color to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the third Black woman to serve on any federal circuit court.

Judge Williams served on many judicial committees and, as treasurer and president of the Federal Judges Association, was the first person of color to become an officer. Committed to public interest work, she helped found the Public Interest Fellowship Program for Equal Justice Works, Just The Beginning—A Pipeline Organization, the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Chicago, and Minority Legal Education Resources. She serves on the boards of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, University of Notre Dame, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Weinstein International Foundation, iCivics, and the Museum of Science & Industry Chicago.