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Our History: Featured Alumni: Williams, Richard L., 1951

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Richard Leroy Williams

Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Richard L. Williams was born on April 6, 1923 in Morrisville, Virginia. He was in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, from 1940 to 1945. He received an LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1951. He was in private practice in Richmond, Virginia from 1951 to 1972. He was a judge on the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, Virginia from 1972 to 1976. He was a Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1973 to 1976. He was in private practice in Richmond, Virginia from 1976 to 1980.

Williams was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on April 9, 1979 to a new seat. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 29, 1980, and received his commission on September 30, 1980. He assumed senior status on May 1, 1992. On February 19, 2011, Williams died from natural causes at his home in Richmond, Virginia. 

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