2001 public Lawyer of the Year: Jayne W. Williams

In 2001, the Public Lawyer of the Year Award was presented to Jayne W. Williams at the Public Law Reception on Friday, September 7, 4:30p.m. at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting 2001.

Biographical Statement of Jayne Williams

Jayne Williams is a member of the Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson Law Firm's Public Law Department. Before joining Meyers, Nave, Ms. Williams served as City Attorney of Oakland from 1987 to 2000. She currently serves as the City Attorney for Suisun City and the Interim City Attorney for the City of Merced. She was the first African-American woman to hold the position of City Attorney in California. A Bay Area native, she began her tenure with the Oakland City Attorney's Office in 1974 specializing in housing and redevelopment. She served as the City's Director of Personnel from 1978-1980. Thereafter, Ms. Williams returned to the City Attorney's Office and was appointed Assistant City Attorney responsible for the management of the litigation division of the office, until her appointment as City Attorney.

Ms. Williams is the current President of the City Attorney's Department of the League of California Cities. She is the former elected representative to the Executive Committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and co-chairperson of the Northern District lawyer representative delegation to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Ms. Williams is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the California State Bar, is a past chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar's Public Law Section and served as a member of the State Bar's Commission on the Future of the State Bar and the Legal Profession.

Ms. Williams is an active member of various professional and civic associations including the American Inns of Court, the California Association of Black Lawyers, the Charles Houston Bar Association and the Alameda County Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on municipal law issues.

Ms. Williams is the recipient of several honors awards including the 1995 Hastings College of the Law Black Alumni of the Year Award, Mark of Excellence Award from the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, the Charles Houston Bar Association's President's Award, the Loren Miller Award from the California Association of Black Lawyers, the 1998 Award of Excellence from the Clara Foltz Feminist Association of Hastings College of the Law, the 1999 Leadership Award from Black Women Organized for Political Action, the 1999 Clinton W. White Advocacy Award from the Charles Houston Bar Association and the 2000 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Wiley Manual Law Foundation.

Ms. Williams received her undergraduate degree from California State University, Hayward and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1974.