On September 8, 2020, Carine Williams will join the Innocence Project as Chief Program Strategy Officer. In this newly created position, Williams will be responsible for oversight, management and supervision of Client Intake and Evaluation, Post-Conviction Litigation, Research, Strategic Litigation, Senior Litigation Counsel and Social Work and Public Policy Reform. She will work to ensure that each of these program areas are aligned, focused, motivated and high performing.
Williams is a brilliant lawyer who has dedicated her career to criminal justice reform: she has represented poor people charged with and convicted of crimes at trial, in federal habeas corpus proceedings and in prisoner civil rights cases; she has authored policy reform reports; she taught a seminar on capital habeas and prisoner civil rights litigation at Columbia Law School; and she supervised and managed large teams in complex criminal and civil penalties resolutions.
Thereafter, Williams spent the bulk of her career working with George Kendall at Holland & Knight LLP and Squire Patton Boggs LLP where she provided pro bono representation in capital/criminal post-conviction and prisoner civil rights cases. Among the many cases Williams litigated was that of Albert Woodfox, one of the “Angola 3” who was held in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for more than 40 years.
Williams supervised and managed large defense teams in complex government enforcement cases at Sullivan & Cromwell. And, most recently, she has maintained her own private practice where she not only offers retained, appointed and pro bono representation in criminal cases, she also authored policy reports on matters including New York parole board reform.
Join us in welcoming Williams.