Fred J. Williams

Director of Clinical Programs & Associate Professor of Law

Contact Information


Email: Phone: 919-530-7817 Fax: 919-530-7982


J.D., University of North Carolina
B.A., Duke University


Fred J. Williams was born in Durham, N.C. and graduated from the Berkshire School in 1969. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science from Duke University in December 1972 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. After graduation, he served as an Assistant Public Defender in Fayetteville, N.C. until January 1980 when he was hired as a Visiting Professor at the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law. While a Visiting Professor, Williams taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, and directed the Criminal Litigation Clinic until January 1985 when he was sworn in as a Special Superior Court Judge after his appointment to that position by then Governor James Hunt.

Professor Williams returned to his teaching career at the NCCU School of Law in August 1987. He has completed courses at the National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Public Defenders and presented at various Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers (NCABL), the Conference of Superior Court Judges, the North Carolina Public Defender’s Association and other bar organizations.

Professor Williams has also taught at the regional National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) program in Chapel Hill, N.C. for ten years. He is a past Chair of the American Bar Association Competitions Committee (1987-1990) and presently serves as a board member of North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services and the Alcohol Drug Council of North Carolina. He has also served as the Secretary of the NCABL and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the George White Bar. Professor Williams has been licensed to practice law in North Carolina since August 1976.