Professionally Diverse

Omar Williams

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

NominatedJune 15, 2021

ConfirmedOctober 28, 2021

  • Judge Omar Williams was confirmed by the Senate on October 28th, 2021. He previously served as a Superior Court Judge in New London, Connecticut from 2014 to 2016, and in New Haven from 2016 to 2021.
    • In 2020, Judge Williams co-chaired a task force that examined how courts in Connecticuts could make juries more racially and economically diverse. The task force issued a series of recommendations to make juries more equitable, including allowing felons released from prison and non-citizens to serve on juries. The measures were adopted and passed by the Connecticut General Assembly.
    • Judge Williams served on the New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative, which works to develop a multi-state approach to tackling the opioid epidemic in New England, with an emphasis on the judiciary.
  • Judge Williams served as an Assistant Public Defender for the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services from 2003 to 2014. Upon confirmation, Judge Williams became the first public defender of color to ever serve in the District of Connecticut.
  • Judge Williams earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut Law School in 2002 and his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1998.