Judge James C. Williams, Jr.
Judge James Carlyle Williams, Jr. was born December 20, 1943, near Norway, South Carolina, and lived there all of his life until moving to Lake Keowee near Seneca in the upstate of South Carolina. His mother, the late Lois Martin Williams, was a career school teacher. His father, now deceased, was a life-long farmer and a leader in agricultural interests in South Carolina. He has two brothers, two sisters, three godsons, a great godson and daughter.
Judge Williams graduated from Norway High School where he was Salutatorian. He received his B.S. degree in Dairy Science from Clemson University in 1965. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Zeta and Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternities. He served as chairman of the Agricultural Council, President of the Dairy Science Club, Editor of the Agrarian and was twice elected to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He was elected to the Tiger Brotherhood and served as Secretary of Blue Key National Fraternity. In 1965, he was selected the Outstanding Dairy Science Student in the United States after having served as President of the National Student Branch of the American Dairy Science Association.
After graduation from Clemson, Judge Williams was a farmer - first in the dairy business and later as a hog farmer. In September of 1976, he entered the USC Law School as a full time commuting student while he continued to operate his hog farm. While at law school he was a member of the Mock Trial team which finished in the top four in National competition.
Judge Williams served 23 years as Mayor or member of the town council of the Town of Norway. He served as a member of the Orangeburg County United Fund Board of Directors and as President of the Norway Ruritan Club. He has served as Sunday School teacher and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at both Norway Baptist Church and Denmark First Baptist and presently teaches Sunday School at Trinity Baptist in Seneca..
He was a founding board member of Heritage Hall Academy in Norway and served as its President for about 20 years. He was President of the South Carolina Independent School Association for 15 years and retired from this position in May, 2000.
Upon graduation from law school, he practiced general law in Orangeburg until he accepted a position as Chief Deputy Solicitor for the First Judicial Circuit on January 1, 1993. He handled all criminal prosecution in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and reduced the case backlog from 2500 cases to 800 cases while the total case load increased by one-third from 1800 cases to 2400 cases. Judge Williams was elected Resident Circuit Judge for the First Judicial Circuit in June, 1998. He has completed both the General Jurisdiction, Advanced Evidence and Constitutional Criminal Procedure courses at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He is certified as both a Mediator and an Arbitrator in civil cases and as a Mediator in Family Court by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification.
Since his retirement, Judge Williams lives on Lake Keowee near Seneca, South Carolina. He still maintains a home on his farm near Norway, South Carolina.
May 2010 - Present Carolina Mediation Service.
Jan 2009 - May 2010 Active/Retired South Carolina Circuit Court Judge. Presided over Circuit Court 3 weeks each month
Jun 1998 - Jan 2009 Resident Judge, First Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. The South Carolina Circuit Court is the general trial court for the state, having unlimited jurisdiction in all civil and criminal matters. He has held court in 40 of South Carolina's 46 counties and has completed the General Jurisdiction, Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Advanced Evidence courses at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
Jan 1993 - Jun 1998 Chief Deputy Solicitor, First Judicial Circuit. Was responsible for criminal prosecution in Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties. Supervised staff of six attorneys and eight non-attorneys.
1984 - Dec 1992 Senior Partner in Williams and Houser. Areas of practice included domestic, real estate, torts, defense and plaintiff litigation along with other general practice.
1982 - 1984 General Practice of law as a Sole Practitioner.
1981 - 1982 Partner with Nicholson and Williams Law Firm
1980 - 1981 Partner with Marshall, Nicholson and Williams Law Firm
1979 - 1980 Associate, J.C. Nicholson, Jr., Attorney
1976 - 1979 University of South Carolina Law School. Participated in Mock Trial competition and represented the University of South Carolina in regional competition at the University of Mississippi. Placed second in Mississippi and represented the region in the National Mock Trial competition in Houston, Texas. His team was one of the final four teams in national competition. Other activities during law school were limited due to the fact that he was commuting 85 miles each day and farming full time while attending law school.
1974 - 1979 Self-employed farmer operating a 150 brood sow operation and approximately 100 acres of feed grains.
1973 - 1974 Employed as general Farm Manager of C & S Farms, Inc., Norway, South Carolina. Responsible for the operation of extended farming operations consisting of over 2,000 acres of row crops, a pure-bred breeding operation of approximately 200 brood sows, an SPF breeding operation of approximately 50 sows, a commercial swine feeding operation of approximately 2,000 head and a grain buying and farm supply business.
1965 - 1972 Engaged in dairy and general farming operation with father near Norway, South Carolina. Responsible for general management of a 250 cow herd and a row crop operation consisting of cotton, corn, soy beans and feed grains with a total of approximately 1,000 acres.
1961 - 1965 Clemson University - Graduated in 1965 with High Honors. Received the Gamma Sigma Delta Sophomore Award for having the highest scholastic average in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences as a Sophomore. Elected to membership in Phi Eta Sigma, national Freshman Honorary Society and Phi Kappa Phi, National Senior Honor Society both based upon academic standards. Elected to Gamma Sigma Delta national Honorary Agricultural Fraternity. Elected to Tiger Brotherhood, Honorary Service Fraternity. Elected to Blue Key Fraternity as a Junior and served as Secretary/Treasurer. Elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a Junior and as a Senior. Member and Chancellor of Alpha Zeta Honorary Agricultural Fraternity and received the Alpha Zeta award as the Outstanding Agricultural Student in 1965. Served as Business manager and Editor-in-Chief of the Agrarian, the official student publication of the College of Agricultural and Biological Sciences. Served as President of the Dairy Science Club, Chairman of the Agricultural Council, founding brother and first president of Alpha Gamma social fraternity. Served as President of the National Student Branch of the American Dairy Science Association and received an award as the outstanding student in Dairy Science in the United States. Member of the Clemson Aero Club.
Retired Judge Williams was born , December 20, 1943, and reared near Norway, South Carolina, the son of James C. Williams, Sr., a lifelong farmer, and Lois Martin Williams, a school teacher. He has two sisters and two brothers who live in the low country of South Carolina. He attended the public schools of Norway and was class Salutatorian. After receiving his BS degree in Dairy Science from Clemson University in 1965, he farmed full time for eleven years and then entered law school at the University of South Carolina. While a student, he commuted 45 miles each way every day and continued to operate his hog farm.
He has served a total of 23 years as Mayor or Council member of the Town of Norway and as a member of the Orangeburg County United Fund. He was President of the Norway Ruritan Club and elected Chairman of the Orangeburg Conservation District. He is a Baptist and has served as a Sunday School teacher and Chairman of Deacons at both Norway Baptist and Denmark First Baptist Churches. He is presently a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Seneca, South Carolina, where he is a Sunday School teacher.
He served as President of the South Carolina Independent School Association, retiring from this position in May 2000. This is a statewide organization with membership of more than 100 schools.
Judge Williams now lives on Lake Keowee, near Seneca, South Carolina. He enjoys trout fishing in Lake Jocassee and is an ardent fan of all Clemson University athletic and academic activities.