District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Yvonne Williams was formally sworn onto the bench at a ceremony at the Moultrie Courthouse on Friday.
Williams has been serving on the court since August, when she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Before she was appointed by President Obama in February, Williams was of counsel at Miller & Chevalier, where she handled employment and employee benefits cases in local and federal court.
Williams first joined Miller & Chevalier in 2005, but left for a year in 2007 to work at Washington’s Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
After graduating from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997, Williams received a fellowship with the National Association of Public Interest Law – now known as Equal Justice Works – to work at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for two years.
In 1999, Williams joined the D.C. Public Defender Service as a staff attorney, where she worked until going to Miller & Chevalier. As a public defender, Williams also spent a year in the appellate division.
Photo courtesy of District of Columbia Superior Court.