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Attorney James M. Williams appointed to LSU Board of Supervisors

On June 2, Chehardy Sherman Williams partner James M. Williams began his six-year term as one of the 16 members of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors. Williams was appointed by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to represent the 2nd Congressional District. The board controls the state’s flagship campus and the rest of the LSU system. Spots on the LSU governing board are highly coveted and only come open every two years. One of Williams' responsibilities as a board member will include doling out 15 scholarships each year. Williams, who received his undergraduate degree from LSU, says, “I am excited and humbled at this opportunity to serve the citizens of Louisiana. By doing so, I hope to chip away at the enormous debt of gratitude that I owe to my alma mater for shaping me and preparing me for my future.”

Williams Speaks During Student Rally at LSU

On July 7, Chehardy Sherman Williams partner James M. Williams spoke at a student-led rally on the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus following the Baton Rouge police shooting of Alton Sterling. Hundreds of college students and community members gathered in the African American Cultural Center and Women’s Center on LSU's campus to make protest signs and share their feelings in response to the killing of Alton Sterling, who was shot by a police officer in Baton Rouge earlier this month. Williams, a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, joined LSU president and chancellor F. King Alexander as he addressed the crowd during the rally. “We have a lot of concerned students that want to see things better, want to see things change, and we’re giving them every opportunity to get their voices heard,” said King.