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The Athens Review
Brownsboro High School graduate and 2-time All-American quarterback Scott Williams announced he is entering the race to run for judge of the Henderson County Court at Law No. 1.
The position is currently held by Judge Matt Livingston, who has presided over the court since its inception in 1986.
“I am very excited about the possibility of presiding over a court that has been led by such an exceptional jurist,” Williams said. “Judge Livingston actually swore me in as a new lawyer in 1993, and I have practiced continually in his court since that time. I only hope that if elected, I will carry on his tradition of being a fair-minded judge.”
Williams was born in Athens in 1965. After living in Athens for a short time, his family moved to the community of Leagueville, where he remained throughout his school years until he graduated from Brownsboro in 1984.
After high school, he attended and played football for the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals, where he was named All-American quarterback in 1985. After TVCC and a short stint at Southern Methodist University, he ended his playing days at the University of Central Arkansas, where once again he was named All-American quarterback in 1988.
Williams decided to stay in Arkansas to attend law school and graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Ark., in 1992.
“I have always had a passion for being a lawyer,” Williams said. “After leaving the playing field, being an attorney allows you to keep competing on a daily basis in the courtroom. No two cases are ever exactly alike, and I have always treated my clients as though they were my teammate, working hand-in-hand for a common cause.”
Over the past decade, Williams’ law practice evolved into a general practice.
“I have worked for the Smith and Henderson County District Attorney’s Office as a felony prosecutor. I have worked for the City of Gun Barrel as the city prosecutor, and I have represented varies cities in the capacity of city attorney, and represent criminal and family law cases as well, all of which has given me a wide variety of experience which a judge needs,” he said.
Williams’ personal life is as busy as his professional life. He currently serves as a trustee for the Brownsboro Independent School District, and coaches his children around East Texas playing various sports. He has been married to Amy Williams for 17 years, and has four children ages 16, 15, 11 and 6.
“I have enjoyed being a very active father with my children, and have always been involved in whatever activity they choose,” he said. “I have been past president of the Brownsboro Girls Little Dribblers program, as well as a coach in that organization. When my girls aged out, I switched over and now coach my son’s basketball and baseball teams, and a travel basketball team for my 15-year-old daughter.”
Williams and his family attend church in Athens at Eastern Hills Church of Christ. Scott says his philosophy is quite simple.
“My life philosophy is that of a conservative. I do not believe it is a judge’s role to be an activist and try to establish law from the bench. I believe that it is the function of a judge to work within the framework of the law, and interpret how the law is to be applied to a specific set of facts. As a fourth-generation Henderson County resident, I feel that the conservative values my family both helped establish and learned from living in this county, from my great-grandfather through me, will guide me in serving the citizens of Henderson County as judge of the Henderson County Court at Law No. 1.”