P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Damian Williams, 2004

U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams is the child of immigrants from Jamaica

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

DAMIAN WILLIAMS is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Damian was born in Brooklyn to Jamaican parents.

Damian graduated in 2002 from Harvard University, where he majored in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MPhil in international relations at Cambridge University and also holds a JD from Yale Law School

At Harvard, Damian won the Detur Book Award, the John Harvard Scholarship, the Ron Brown Scholarship, the Harris Prize. He was named the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar for 2002, under which he studied at Cambridge. At Yale, he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal.

Damian has served on the Board of Directors of Human Rights First, the Council on African American Affairs, and Boys Speak Out. After law school, Damian clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and for Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court.

  • JD Law | Yale University 2007
  • MPhil International Relations | University of Cambridge 2003
  • BA Economics | Harvard University 2002
Work History
  • Southern District of New York, U.S. Attorney
  • Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Clerk
  • Southern District of New York, Assistant US Attorney
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