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Williams becomes chair of the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

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Onika K. WilliamsFlorida Bar member Onika K. Williams was sworn in as the 37th chair of the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

An attorney-advisor for the U.S. Surface Transportation Board in Washington, D.C., Williams will lead the NBA YLD, the home of the young lawyer within the NBA and represents the interests of young black attorneys under the age of 40 years old or originally admitted to practice within the past 10 years.

This year’s NBA YLD theme is “2020 and Beyond: Recognizing the Importance of the Young Lawyer.”

Williams majored in international business and minored in Asian studies at Florida International University in Miami. After graduating, Williams taught English in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme before attending law school at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. As a law student, Onika served on the Indiana Law Journal as a notes and comments editor, as co-president of the Feminist Law Forum, as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and as enlightenment chair for the Black Law Students Association. After graduating, Onika clerked for Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr., in the Middle District of Florida and for administrative judges at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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