Jason Rogers Williams was first elected Councilmember-at-Large on March 15, 2014, and re-elected Oct.14, 2017. A native of New Orleans, Councilmember Williams has worked tirelessly for the betterment of New Orleans and continues to do so as a member of the City Council. He had the opportunity to spend his formative years in both Atlanta, GA and New Orleans. He graduated from the prestigious Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia (formerly the Georgia Military Academy) before returning to New Orleans to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Tulane University on a full football scholarship as well as the Martin M. Kelly Leadership Award. Williams is also a graduate of Tulane Law School, where he received the honor of being inducted into the prestigious Order of the Barristers based for his three years of excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy.
Shortly after graduation, Councilmember Williams started his own law firm, Jason Rogers Williams & Associates, which he continues to manage to this day. As a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, he was appointed to serve as a State court Judge at Criminal District Court by the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2003 after tackling a series of high profile cases as a criminal defense attorney. In addition to working as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, Williams has also worked as a legal analyst at WDSU, WWL, WBOK, WGNO, FOX 8 and the Times-Picayune. Councilmember Williams also serves on the Conflict Panel for the Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office and the Federal Public Defenders Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was selected as a fellow in 2016 for the American College of Trial Lawyers.
As a staunch advocate for community development programs, Williams has served as a Board Member of The Audubon Nature Institute, Partnership for Youth Development, and The Children's Bureau of New Orleans. He still serves as a Board Member of the Innocence Project of New Orleans. In 2015 he received the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center's Mondale-Brook Award for Fair Housing Leadership and Civic Participation. In 2017 Williams received the Forum for Equality Acclaim Award in Advocacy for the LGBTQ community.
In addition to spearheading New Orleans' revolutionary "Smart City" initiative, Councilmember Williams has and continues to focus on fiscal responsibility, public safety and criminal justice reform. He was the leading advocate on Municipal Bail Reform and for the first-ever budget allocation by the City of New Orleans for early childhood education. He has three children, Zoe, Graham, and Xavier, who serve as his motivation to make New Orleans an even better place to live in the future.
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