Ken Williams Bio

Ret. Judge ken williams

Judge Williams graduated from Washington State University in 1968. He served in the US Army in Vietnam from 1969 -1970.  He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington in 1974. From 1974 he practiced law in Port Angeles, Washington. He served as the part time Sequim City Attorney for 18 years while also handling a general practice. He also served as a part time Clallam County District Court Judge for 12 years during that time. He served two terms as the Clallam County Bar Association President.

In 1992 Judge Williams was elected to the Clallam County Superior Court where he served five terms before retiring in 2013. He continues to serve as a part time Commissioner for the Superior Court.

In 1996 he began the first Juvenile Drug Court in Washington State and began an Adult Drug Court one year later.  He presided over the drug court for 18 years. He is a founding member of the Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals, served two terms as President of that organization, and was awarded the WSADCP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He also served as the Chair of the Washington State Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA) implementation committee from 2005-2007. He was appointed by the Washington State Supreme Court to the Code of Judicial Conduct Review Committee In 2008 which rewrote the Canons of Judicial Ethics adopted by the Court in 2011.  He served as Judge Pro Tem on the Washington State Court of Appeals in 2011.

Judge Williams and his wife Janet have been married 51 years and have three children and four grandchildren.  He currently serves on the boards of the Olympic Peninsula Boys and Girls Clubs, the Lauridsen Charitable Foundation, the Clallam–Jefferson Pro Bono Lawyers, and the Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals.  He is an assistant coach for the Archbishop Murphy High School mock trial teams.