February 2016

New Magistrate Judge for the Northern
District of Iowa: C.J. Williams

Charles J. (“C.J.”) Williams was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Iowa in Sioux City on February 16, 2016. He succeeds Judge Leonard T. Strand, who was confirmed as a U.S. District Judge for the Court on February 11, 2016.

Judge Williams was born in 1963 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1985. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1988.

Following graduation, Williams served as law clerk to the late U.S. District Judge Donald E. O’Brien of the Northern District of Iowa for two years. In 1990, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., working as a trial attorney for two years, one of which was on detail as a prosecutor for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He then joined the Kansas City law firm Lathrop & Gage, where from 1992 to 1997 he specialized in civil and criminal trial work. In 1997, he received a Master of Laws with an emphasis in criminal law from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. That same year he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, where he served as Senior Litigation Counsel at the time of his appointment to the federal bench.

In addition to his time in practice, Williams has taught courses at the University of Iowa College of Law and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2014, he was awarded the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement.

Congratulations, Judge Williams!