Sept. 10, 2018: Charles J. Williams was confirmed as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Iowa by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Williams, of Iowa, is currently a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Iowa. Before his appointment to the bench in 2016, Williams worked for nineteen years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, where he handled complex criminal and civil cases, and where he tried more than fifty felony cases to jury verdict. From 2008 to 2016, Williams was the Senior Litigation Counsel, where he was responsible for all training and supervision of all Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Northern District of Iowa. Prior he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1997, Williams practiced law privately for five years in Kansas City, Missouri. Before he entered private practice, Williams spent three years handling criminal cases on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, including a one-year detail to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Williams received his B.B.A. from the University of Iowa; his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law; and his L.L.M. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.