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Best Best & Krieger Partner Billy J. Williams participated as a featured guest on the “Precinct 444 Podcast,” from The National Law Enforcement Museum. The Dec. 30 episode, “Billy Williams: The Oregon Way,” covers Williams’ insights from his career as U.S. attorney and state prosecutor.

The episode details Williams’ numerous positions of leadership and the power of being unaffiliated and open-minded. As U.S. attorney in Oregon from 2015-2021, Williams worked to worked to forge relationships, foster understanding and represent victim and state interests. He served on numerous advisory subcommittees and working groups, including the Native American Issues Subcommittee, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Safety, Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, Ninth Circuit Fairness Committee and as chair of the Attorney General’s Marijuana Working Group. Before serving as U.S. attorney, Williams held DOJ roles as first assistant U.S. attorney, chief of the Criminal Division, chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, and as Oregon’s Indian Country assistant U.S. attorney and tribal liaison. Before launching his career in federal service, he served as a senior deputy district attorney in Oregon’s Multnomah County and as a state prosecutor handling violent crimes.

The “Precinct 444” podcast series spotlights “icons,” which features incredible people working within the law enforcement community who have made a profound impact in the world. Thomas Canavan, the executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum and podcast host, interviewed Williams on his career experience.

When asked about his final thoughts on the episode, Williams said, “There are so many things that we can do better at if we drop the politics, the extremism, the name calling [and] the belittling of people who have a different perspective than we do.” Williams says he hopes that “… people remain open-minded, engaged and respect each other.”

Listen to the full podcast episode here.

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