Judge Felicia Toney Williams becomes the first female African American chief judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal

Judge Williams, who in 1992 became the first woman elected to the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal, was sworn in on October 4, 2018 as the north Louisiana appellate court’s first female chief judge. A ceremony to honor Judge Williams will be held at a later date.

Williams succeeds Henry N. Brown, Jr., who retired on October 3, 2018.

Williams, a lifelong resident of Madison Parish, was elected unopposed to a third 10-year term on the court in 2012.

The Second Circuit, one of the five state appeals courts in Louisiana, serves 20 parishes: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.

Williams has served four years on the Louisiana Judiciary Commission, including serving as its chair this year. She also completed a term as chair of the Louisiana Conference of Court of Appeal Judges this year.

She is married to Attorney Moses J. Williams and they have three children, Rhonda, Myra and Justin.