Omar A. Williams was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut on November 22, 2021, having been so appointed by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Judge Williams graduated from the University of Connecticut (“UConn”) in 1998, and from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2002. During law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Public Interest Law Journal and Vice President of the Black Law Students’ Association.
After law school, Judge Williams was an attorney in the Office of the Public Defender in Norwalk, Connecticut, and then in New Haven, Connecticut for eleven years. In 2014, he was appointed Judge of the Superior Court by then-Governor Dannel Malloy, serving on Connecticut’s state bench in New London and in Hartford for seven years, including time as Presiding Judge of criminal matters at the G.A. 14 courthouse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In state court, Judge Williams served as Co-Chair of the Jury Selection Task Force, and on the Sentence Review Division, Wiretap Panel, and New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative. He assisted in training new judges, but never stopped learning from his mentors, colleagues, and the lawyers and participants in the cases before him. He remains incredibly appreciative of this opportunity to continue serving the public alongside such distinguished and helpful colleagues.