John L. Williams is an El Paso native and an alumnus of the University of Texas at El Paso where he graduated with highest honors and was named to the Top Ten Seniors of 1987. In 1990, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Criminal Law. He began his law practice in El Paso with the firm of Kemp, Smith Duncan and Hammond where he worked for over two years. He then spent two years as an assistant district attorney, where he tried over 25 felony jury trials, including prosecuting George Rivas, the leader of the Texas Seven. In conjunction with Rivas’ murderous prison escape, Mr. Williams was interviewed by Dan Rather for 60 Minutes II and appeared on Court TV and other programs. He is a former Associate Municipal Court judge for the City of El Paso. Mr. Williams is an adoptive parent and is committed to helping others through the adoption process. He also practices criminal law, juvenile defense, family law and appellate law. He is currently on the El Paso CASA Board of Directors, is a former member of the Houchen Community Center Board of Directors, and the 65th Judicial District Court Drug Court Advisory Committee.