First woman of color to be sworn in as western Massachusetts district judge

Berkshire County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — A Springfield District Court assistant clerk has become the first woman of color to be appointed as a district judge in western Massachusetts.

Danielle Williams was nominated by Governor Charlie Baker for this new role and was accepted by a unanimous vote in late October. Williams has worked locally for many years dating back to 2003.
She told NEWS10’s sister station in Springfield about the importance of having diversity in the role of Justice:

“To be a person who can give people that access to justice and the opportunity to be heard and it’s wonderful to have people see individuals who look a little bit like them in the courthouse so I’m really honored and humbled by the opportunity and responsibility.”

Williams will be officially sworn in on November 25.

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