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King County District Court Clerks and Probation Officers Endorse Judge Williams for ReElection

May 21, 2014

The King County District Court Clerks and Probation Officers (AFSCME Local 21-DC) endorsed Judge Williams for reelection. The Clerks and Probation Officers stated "[i]t is our opinion you are not only exceptionally WELL qualified for the position of District Court Judge, but are also supportive of the employees of the District Court and the role of labor within their working environment."

Judge Williams' noted: "the Clerks and Probations Officers are the heart and soul of the District Court. They are the professionals who know every aspect of a judge's performance both on and off the bench. It is a great honor to receive their endorsement."

Firefighters Endorse Judge Williams

May 1, 2014

The Valley Professional Firefighters Local 1352 have endorsed Judge Williams for reelection. In their formal endorsement Local 1352 noted that "[l]ike you, public safety and the judicial process are very important to us, and our communities." See Endorsements

April 17, 2014

Judge Williams Earns Bi-Partisan Support.

April 17, 2014

Representative Pat Sullivan (D) and Senator Joe Fain (R) have endorsed Judge Williams for re-election. See Endorsements

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Nominates Judge Williams for 2014 Recognition of Public Service Award

April 2, 2014

The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce has nominated District Court Judge Matthew Williams for its 2014 Recognition of Service award. This award is issued each year to an elected official who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to serving the public.

A resident of Auburn for over 25 years, Judge Williams serves as the chair of the Auburn Rotary International Service Committee as well as the Auburn Rotary Board. He and his wife, Dr. Patricia Read-Williams, are active in the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation.

Judge Williams led the initiative to launch an on-call warrant judge in King County District Court. (Launched March 2014). He led judicial training for both the Superior Courts and the Courts of Limited Jurisdiction in search and seizure. He also worked with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Patrol to create judicial training on search and seizure. In addition to serving our local community Judge Williams has been repeatedly selected by the U.S. Department of State and the American Bar Association to lead judicial training in emerging democracies around the world including the former Soviet Republics, South America, and the Middle East.

The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce has also nominated Senator Joe Fain, and former Auburn City Councilmember John Partridge to receive the Recognition of Service award. The award will be presented on April 16, 2014.

U.S. Justice Department selects Auburn judge to lead international training

February 25, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and U.S. Department of State have selected King County District Court Judge Matt Williams to lead judicial training sessions in Eastern Europe. Williams is the primary Judge assigned to the King County District Courthouse in Auburn.

Williams is being dispatched to Tirana, Albania for two weeks where he will work with members of the USDOJ, the U.S. Embassy, as well as local judges and prosecutors in conducting anti-corruption and counter human trafficking training for judges and prosecutors. One aspect of the program will focus on judges in Albania. Another section will implement an imbedded anti-corruption program into the Albania School of Magistrates. The Albanian School of Magistrates trains and certifies each new generation of Albanian Judges.

Williams volunteers most of his free time to similar projects. Williams has led projects in Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, and in the Middle East. He is part of a select group of U.S. judges and attorneys that volunteer their time to building the "Rule-of-Law" throughout the world "Effective justice systems are a key ingredient in creating sustainable peace in parts of the world that struggle with ethnic, racial, and religious conflicts dating back thousands of years," Williams said. He described the challenges that emerging democracies face in creating effective justice systems.

"Justice is the natural enemy of organized crime, terrorism, and corruption. Not surprisingly, corruption, terrorism, and organized crime are also the biggest challenges faced by those who work within any justice system. This is especially true in those cultures where corruption is not only accepted, but is viewed as a natural part of the economic landscape. Rule of Law work requires patience, perseverance, and a long term view. There are no quick wins, and there are many setbacks. Ultimately, we need to build justice systems that don't require outside support, that support the stability of that local democracy, and which are consistent with and driven by the local cultural values." Williams went on to express his belief that lawyers in the U.S. can learn a lot from stepping outside of their normal frame of reference and seeing our justice system through the eyes of those who many not possess the freedoms and rights that the U.S. takes for granted.

"Ultimately, the protection of public safety is Job One for any system of laws," Williams said. "That includes creating and maintaining a system of justice that protects the public safety and civil liberties without creating martyrs. It also means having a civil system of justice where people know that they will be treated fairly without having to resort to street justice. That is part of what makes our system of justice the gold standard for the rest of the world."

Williams has served as an adjunct professor of law at Seattle University for 22 years where he teaches trial advocacy. Williams is the chair of the Auburn Rotary Club International Service Committee

Read the Auburn Reporter NEWS ARTICLE


Read additional articles about Matt's work with the Department of Justice HERE



News from the 2010 Election Campaign


Kiwanis Club of the Valley met with Matt Williams on "Protecting the Children of War: Judicial Systems & the Rule of Law"

September 8, 2010

Early on the morning of September 8th, 2010, Matt met with the Kiwanis Club of the Valley and led a discussion on America's involvement in the reconstruction of post conflict nations. Matt and members of the Kiwanis Club of the Valley shared their international experiences and the impact that one person can have in changing the lives of many people.

Matt spoke about the importance of volunteers in building Democracy and the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Countries. He spoke about his experiences in the war-torn Balkans and in the Middle East. Matt emphasized the importance of creating an economic, social, and legal infrastructure that protects children and the elderly from harm. Matt spoke about his experiences in countries where the young and the elderly were especially vunerable.

"Ultimately, the protection of public safety is Job-One for any system of laws", Matt said. "That includes creating and maintaining a system of justice that protects the public safety and civil liberties without creating martyrs. Whether they are an accused or a victim, people entering any justice system, need to know that they will be treated fairly and equally, and that offenders will be held accountable for their actions." Read the Auburn Reporter NEWS ARTICLE

International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3186 Endorses Matt Williams

September 8, 2010

After meeting with Matt, the career fire fighters of Local 3186 voted unanimously to endorse Matt Williams for District Court Judge. These public safety professionals reported that they were "overwhelmed" by his qualifications for the District Court Bench, and honored to get a chance to speak with Matt about public safety issues in our community.


Renton Police Officers Guild "enthusiastically" Endorses Matt Williams

August 27, 2010


Former Pierce County Elected Prosecuting Attorney, Gerry Horne endorses Matt Williams

August 24, 2010


King County District Court Clerks and Probation Officers Endorse Matt Williams

August 18, 2010

No one knows the District Court in King County like the Judicial Clerks and Probation Officers. These professionals manage every aspect of the Court’s business. They are (literally) the team that makes the system work.

The King County District Court Clerks and Probation Officers (WSCCCE Local 21-DC) endorsed Matt Williams as their choice for the most qualified candidate to fill Position 6 in South East King County District Court.

When asked to comment on this endorsement, Mr. Williams noted, “obviously, the Clerks and Probation Officers were very interested in my judicial experience and temperament. These are the folks that know what works in a courtroom, and what doesn’t.”

Williams went on to add, “because Judges serve our community both on and off the bench, they were also interested in my experience in managing large organizations through tough financial times. The budget crisis here in King County requires that we all work together to do more with less resources. I’m honored that the Clerks and P.O.’s chose me as someone they would trust to help lead our community through these times."


Please Join Us For the Campaign Kick Off!

The Committee to Elect Matt Williams invites you to the kickoff of Matt’s campaign for King County District Court (SE Division) Position 6.

Please join us on August 26, 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Kent Riverbend Golf Course
Mick Kelley’s Grill
2019 W Meeker St
Kent, WA 98032

We look forward to telling you about the campaign which is now in full swing. Also this will be a chance for to see some friends, meet local dignitaries, have some fun, good food, and conversation.

RSVP to 253.670.4791, or ElectMattWilliams@gmail.com


Auburn Noon Lions enjoyed Matt Williams' presentation on "Building Democracy and the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Countries: Winning Charlie Wilson's War"

August 17, 2010

Matt presented a moving presentation to the Auburn noon Lions on "Building Democracy and the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Countries: Winning Charlie Wilson's War". Matt spoke about his experiences in the war-torn Balkans and in the Middle East where he has assisted emerging democracies build justice systems that would support their democratic and economic development. Matt explained what happens after a country's internal infrastructure is destroyed and how the US Department of Justice, State Department, as well as other public and private organizations are stepping up to help build sustainable democracies around the world.

"The lessons that we learn from Kosovo about what works and what doesn't work will help us build a success story in post conflict Iraq and Afganistan", Williams commented.

Williams noted that the key to winning "Charlie Wilson's war" is to make sure that after conflict is over, emerging democracies are able to build roads, educate their people, have clean water, and have the tools to create a sustainable economy and social order. "Peace, economic stability, and democracy require a justice system that doesn't create martyrs while still protecting public safety and property", Williams said.

Matt shared with the group that his work in emerging democracies has helped him have an even greater appreciation for the U.S. system of justice, and a great respect for the other types of justice systems that he has worked within. His experience in helping to build new justice systems has given him unique insight into the core principles of what makes justice and court systems work, and what is necessary to make them work better.


King County Bar Association rates Matt Williams "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

July 15, 2010

The King County Bar Association (KCBA) has conferred upon Matt Williams their highest rating for Judicial Candidates. After an extensive vetting process the KCBA determined that Matt Williams is "Exceptionally Well Qualified" for the position of District Court Judge.

The KCBA basic rating criteria includes a review of integrity, courtesy, fairness, good judgment and a demonstrated committment to equal justice under the law. The KCBA reviews capacity for hard work, as well as courage and the ability to make difficult decisions under stress. They also look for demonstrated excellence in legal work and practice.

To achieve a rating of Exceptionally Well Qualifed, a candidate must demonstrate excellence in their professional career which will sustain or improve the quality of the bench as well as demonstrate Outstanding accomplishments reflected by:

(a) Singular accomplishments in professional practice, academic training, judicial career, or contributions to the profession.
(b) Exceptional litigation, judicial, or administrative experience.
(c) Outstanding personal and professional integrity and commitment to fairness in the administration of justice.
(d) Significant public service.


Matt Williams will address the Kiwanis Club of the Valley on "Protecting the Children of War: Judicial Systems & the Rule of Law"

September 8th, 2010, 7:00am - 8:00am

Auburn Parks and Recreation Center
910 9th St. SE
Auburn, WA 98002


The Municipal League of King County rates Matt Williams "Very Good"

July 19, 2010

The Municipal League of King County (MLKC) has rated Matt Williams as "Very Good" . The MLKC Committee members evaluate candidates on four criteria: Involvement, Character, Effectiveness and Knowledge. A rating of Very Good signifies that a candidate makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way he/she would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues.


Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis endorses Matt Williams

July 8, 2010


Matt Williams Announces Bid For SE King County
District Court Judge #6

For Immediate Release – May 18, 2010

Judge Pro-Tem Matt Williams Announces Bid For District Court Seat, Position # 6

King County, WA – Current Pro-Tem Judge for both Pierce and King Counties, Matthew Williams, announced today his intention to run for the newly created District Court seat in South East King County.

Matt Williams has been a leader in the legal community for years. He brings 27 years of diverse and intense practical experience to the job. Before entering private practice as a defense attorney, Matt represented the City of Seattle, served as a prosecutor, and represented the State of Washington as an Assistant Attorney General.

In addition to being a pro-tem judge, Matt trains judges, lawyers, and law enforcement departments in effective administration of justice. His work in improving justice systems has taken him from Washington State to the Middle East and to the war-torn Balkans Regions. Williams has been training lawyers at the Seattle University School of Law for the last 19 years, and also has been a program director at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

When asked why he is running for this position, Matt replied that “it’s time for me to return to my community. The District Court is about real people who have real issues- it’s the court where the average citizen is most likely to find themselves. I want to bring my experience in improving public safety and ensuring justice and fairness and put it to work here in King County.”

“A District Court Judge requires more than just trying a case as an advocate for one side or the other. It requires a balanced view, where you can see the perspective from the other side of the bench. With my experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney, arbitrator, and pro-tem judge, I bring these qualities to the bench.”

“The District Court handles an immense number of files. It takes a strong work ethic and extensive knowledge of the law to process each case efficiently and thoroughly so that every citizen is guaranteed their case is handled fairly. If our justice system is to survive our current budget crisis here in King County, we need judges who can find ways to make our system more efficient, while at the same time improving the quality of fairness that each citizen receives. That’s a tough challenge…but one that I’m uniquely qualified to tackle. ” In addition to his current work, Matt Williams has served as a consultant for the US Department of Justice, and held leadership positions in the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers association. He currently serves as an Arbitrator for the King and Pierce County Superior Courts, and as a Special Disciplinary Counsel for the Washington State Bar which regulates lawyers in Washington State. Matt received his undergraduate and J.D. from the University of Nebraska. He lives in Auburn with his wife, Dr. Patricia Read-Williams, and their two daughters

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