Norman has been practicing law since 1996 (21years). He began his career in New York County at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. He represented thousands of individuals in the Manhattan Supreme and Criminal Courts from 1996-2001. That period was one of the busiest and most challenging times for the NYC Court system. His work at the Society enabled him to gain experience handling all types of criminal matters. For five years, he defended juveniles and the indigent on minor and serious matters.
Norman quickly gained a reputation for his tireless dedication and willingness to go to trial. He successfully brought a homicide case to verdict during his third year at the Society. During his tenure, he had an average monthly workload of 100 cases. In 2001, he left the Society with the experience he gained from the high volume of cases and opened his private practice.
Norman’s dedication to the indigent has not changed since entering private practice. He continues to represent the indigent as a member of the Appellate Division, Assigned Counsel Plan (“18B” and “Homicide” Panels). In 2002, Mr. Williams expanded his practice to include Guardianships. He receives appointments from the Supreme Court to serve as Attorney for the AIP, Guardian Ad Litem, and Court Evaluator. He also receives appointments to serve as Referee in Mortgage Foreclosure Actions.
Norman’s reputation and experience have resulted in his frequently being called upon to provide legal commentary on national and local television, as well as print and internet media.
- New York State Bar, September 1996.
- Southern District of New York, April 2000.
- Eastern District of New York, May 2000.
Certifications and Licenses
- Certified Guardian and Court Evaluator, FID # 190145
Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA. May 1995, Juris Doctor.
- Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
- Earl Warren Scholar, N.A.A.C.P. & Legal Defense Fund.
- Executive Editor, Boston University Public Interest Law Journal.
- Published Note: Using Discourse Ethics to Provide Equality In Education for African-American Children Forty Years After Brown v. Board of Education. 5 B.U. PUB. INT. L. J. 99 (1995).
Bates College, Lewiston, ME. June 1990, Bachelor of Science in Philosophy
- Minor in Chemistry
- Benjamin E. Mays Scholar.
- Senior Thesis: Human Nature, Revolution and Social Change: An Analysis of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Light of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.
The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, N.Y., June 1986, Regent’s Diploma.