Law Offices of Donald L. Williams

Attorney/Mediator and Counselor at Law

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Donald L. Williams, a former JAGC Officer, has practiced family and military law almost exclusively for

Main Office


Chase Bank Bldg.
El Paso  TX  79903

Phone
  • 915-564-5559
  • 866-295-6004
Fax
  • 915-562-1224

Donald Williams

HIGH SCHOOL


Attended Bitburg American High
School, Bitburg, Germany, 1965-68


Graduated, W. H. Burges High
School, El Paso, Texas , 1969


National Honor Society


Sophomore, Junior Class
President


President, Stamp Out Stupidity
(SOS) (an anti-drug abuse organization)


1st place Europe-Oratorical
Contest


1st in District, Regional, and
2nd in State Speech Tournament (Texas)


Varsity Wrestling (Europe)


First African-American Student
Body President, William H. Burges High School, El Paso, Texas 1969


 


COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES


Appointed to and attended the
United States Military Academy at West Point, 1969


Attended and Graduated from
the University of Texas at El Paso, BA, Political Science, El Paso, Texas, 1973


Attended and Graduated from
the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, Texas. December, 1975


 


ACTIVITIES-COLLEGES AND
UNIVERSITIES


Army ROTC, Distinguished
Military Student and Graduate


Student Senate, Black Student
Union


President, Vice President,
Dean of Pledges, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Kappa Chapter


Outstanding Alpha of the Year
(National) 71-72, 72-73


Who's Who Among Students in
American Colleges and Universities, 71-72, 72-73


First African-American
President, UTEP Student Government Association, 1972-1973


Top Ten Seniors, UTEP, 1973


Men and Women of Mines, UTEP,
1973


Featured in book Coattailess
Landslide by UTEP Professor, Dr. Joseph Ray (President Emeritus)


Recipient, Public
Administration Internship Scholarship


Served on various University
Faculty-Student Committees


 


LAW SCHOOL ACTIVITIES


President, Thurgood Marshall
Legal Society


Director, Project Info-Law
(Minority Recruitment)


Law School Representative to
the University Student Senate


Board Member, Law School
Student Association


Member, Admissions Committee


Who's Who Among Students at
American Colleges and Universities


Intern, Good Neighbor
Commission


Intern, Department of Defense
Legal Internship Program (JAGC)


 


PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT


Assistant County Attorney,
Travis County, Austin, Texas, 1975-76


U.S. Army JAGC, 1977-83


Regular Army Commission, 1980


Honorable Discharge, 1983


Officer-in-Charge of
Gelnhausen Legal Center, Germany 1978-1980


Senior Defense Counsel, Fort
Bliss, Texas, 1980-83


Instructor, University of
Maryland (European Division), Paralegal Program, 1979-80


Instructor, Legal Assistant
Division, El Paso Community College, 1986-1992


 Associate Municipal Court Judge El Paso,
Texas, 1992-95


Criminal Law Magistrate, El
Paso County, Texas, 1995


 Family Court Judge, El Paso County, Texas,
1995-99


Visiting Associate Family
Court Judge, 65th District Court, 2006-2008


Visiting Associate Family
Court Judge, 171st District Court, 2009-10


Advanced Family Law Mediator,
1994-Current


Solo-Practitioner, Law Offices
of Donald L. Williams, 1983, Current


 


PROFESSIONAL/BAR ACTIVITIES


Member State Bar of Texas,
American Bar Association, National Bar Association,


El Paso Bar Association,
Lawrence A. Nixon Bar Association, Mexican-American Bar Association


Board of Directors, El Paso
Bar Association


Member, Family Law Section,
State Bar of Texas


Alternative Dispute Resolution
Committee, State Bar of Texas & El Paso Bar Association


Member, College of the State
Bar of Texas


Life Member, Texas Bar
Foundation


Member, State Bar of Texas
Racial Diversity Committee


Chairman, Executive Committee,
Family Law Bar Association 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010


State Bar Grievance
Professional Enhancement Program


Former Sub-Committee Chair, El
Paso Bar Fee Dispute Committee


Domestic Violence Prevention
Commission


YWCA, Advisory Council,
Helping Children Cope With Divorce and ROLLERCOASTERS


Candidate, 388th
Judicial District Court, 1999


Course Director, Family Law
101 Seminar, El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 1999


Co-Course Director, Resolving
Custody, Visitation & Access Disputes, 2000


Planning Committee, Presenter,
Family Law On the Border, 2001, 2004 and 2006


Panelist, Attorney Ad
Litem/Guardian Ad Litem Seminar, 2002, 2006


Presiding Officer, University
of Texas School of Law-CLE- Family Law and the Military, 2005


Moderator and Presenter, Pro
Bono Seminar, State Bar of Texas 2003


President, El Paso Family Law
Bar Association, 2003, 2004, 2005


Presenter, State Bar of Texas,
Texas Minority Attorney Program, 2006, 2008


Course Director, Family Law
and the Military, 2003 & 2007


Presenter, State Bar of Texas
Marriage Dissolution Institute Boot Camp 2007


Course Director, Family Law
201, Effective Practice Before the El Paso Family Courts, 2007


Panelist, Military Law Update,
State Bar of Texas Webcast, 2007


Originator of House Bill 930
that Amended Texas Family Code, §201.007, 2007


Presenter, 13th
Annual Civil Trial Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2009


Compiled, 171st
District Family Court Staff Orientation and Reference Manual, 2009


Presenter, El Paso Family Law
Bar Association, Child Support Seminar, 2009


Panelist, Family Law In the Military
Combat Zone, State Bar Webcast, 2009


State Bar of Texas Committee,
Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, 2009


State Bar of Texas Military
Law Section Veterans Court Review Committee, 2009


Chairman, Family Law
Subcommittee, State Bar of Texas, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, 2010


Chairman, El Paso Bar
Association’s El Paso Lawyers for Patriots Planning Committee, 2010


Presenter, 14th
Annual Civil Trial Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010


Presenter, El Paso Paralegal
Association CLE Luncheon, 2010


 


LEGAL ARTICLES, HANDBOOKS
AND PUBLICATIONS


Brotherly or Sisterly Love or
Sibling Rivalry-Resolving Relationship Issues through the Texas Lawyers Creed


Military Support Requirements-Establishing
and Calculating Military Child Support


An Alternative to Temporary
Custody Battles


Preparing Effectively for the
Temporary Orders Hearing


Is This the Client You Want?
Screening, Signing Up and Maintaining Quality Clients


Associate Judge Statute


Joint Complex Retirement/Child
Support Calculations


Top Ten Tips for Developing A
Successful Solo Practice


Interviewing, Counseling
Military Service and Family Members in Family Law Cases


Unique Family Law Issues in
the Military Community


Texas Divorce Information
Handbook


Child Support Handbook


Paternity Handbook


Modification Handbook


Clarification and Enforcement
of Military Retirement Handbook


Pro Se Divorce Litigation-Self
Representation in Family Court


Texas Family Law in the
Military Combat Zone


 


AWARDS AND RECOGNITION


Outstanding Young Men of
America, 1982


Recipient, UTEP Black Student
Image Award, 1983


Lawrence A. Nixon Judicial
Achievement Award, 1992


Black El Paso Democrats'
Outstanding Community Service Award, 1992


Outstanding Church and
Community Service Award, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 1992


Grand Marshal, El Paso Black
History Month Parade, 1993


Who's Who Worldwide,
1992-1993, 1994-1995


National Directory of Who's
Who of Executives & Professionals, 1996-97


Continental Who’s Who
Registry, Millennium Edition, 2001-2002


Featured in book, African-AmericanAchievers
Making History on the Border in El Paso, Texas


Honorary Member and Inductee,
University of Texas at El Paso Honors Council, 1998


University Of Texas at El Paso
Strategic Planning General Education Study Group


411 News Unity Award, 1996,
1997, 1998 and 1999


Committee to Establish the
R.E.L. Washington Elementary School, 2000


Committee to Establish the
Chester E. Jordan Elementary School, 2007


Celebrity “Papeleros With a
Purpose”, LULAC Project Amistad, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010


Outstanding Community Service
Award, Phillips Chapel CME Church, 2007


Outstanding Citizenship Award,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1992


Outstanding Community Service
Award, Theta Delta Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 2010


Established, The Donald L.
Williams Endowed Student Enhancement Fund, UTEP, 2006


Silver Life Member, National
NAACP, Since 2007


1st Recipient,
President’s Award, El Paso Branch NAACP 2007


Inductee, El Paso County
Democratic Party Hall of Fame, 2007


Recipient, Community Service
Award, El Paso Branch NAACP, 2008


State Democratic Executive
Committee Majority Builder Award, 2008


State Democratic Executive
Committee Grassroots Award, 2010


El Paso Commission for Women
Community Service Recognition 2008, 2009


Visitor’s Chapel Community Excellence
Award, 2009


Recipient, State Senatorial
Resolution, Texas State Senate-Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, 2009


Recipient, State Resolution,
Texas House of Representatives-State Rep. Norma Chavez, 2009


Featured, El Paso Bar Journal,
October/November 2010 Edition


 


COMMUNITY SERVICE


Charter Member, St. Peter Missionary
Baptist Church


Former Chair, Board of
Trustees, St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church


President, St. Peter
Missionary Baptist Church of El Paso, Tx., Inc. 2008


Charter Member, Black El Paso
Democrats


Former President, Pebble Hills
Elementary PTA


United Way Allocations
Committee


Executive Committee, Family
Law Bar Association, 1995-99, 2002-2007, 2008, 2009


Past President, Theta Delta
Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Co-Chair, (YES) Youth
Enrichment Seminar, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990


Graduate, Leadership El Paso,
Class 10, 1987-1988,  El Paso Chamber of
Commerce


Board of Directors, Leadership
El Paso Alumni Association


Board of Managers-Casa Blanca
Therapeutic Communities, Inc.

University of Texas El Paso Commission 2001, Leadership Committee


Board of Directors, UT El Paso
Alumni Association 1995-97


Board of Directors-Junior
Achievement of the Desert Southwest


Advisory Council, El Paso
Community College, Legal Assistant Program


Moderator, Delta Sigma
Theta/UTEP, African American Knowledge Bowl, 2009


Member, El Paso Black Chamber
of Commerce


Member, Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce


Vice Chair/Chair, UT El Paso,
Thelma White Network, 1997-2000, 2000-2003


Volunteer, Juvenile Drug
Court, 409th District Court


El Paso Community College
Diversity Program Ribbon Cutting, 2009


El Paso Community College
Diversity Council, Current


1st Vice President,
El Paso Branch NAACP, Current


Complete Count Committee, City
of El Paso, 2009-2010


Board of Directors, McCall
Neighborhood Center, 2010


College of Liberal Arts
Advisory Board, University of Texas at El Paso, 2010


Division of Student Affairs,
University of Texas at El Paso, Centennial Campaign Leadership Team, 2010


 


 


POLITICAL ACTIVITIES


El Paso Grassroots for Obama


Organizing for America


Member, Black El Paso
Democrats, Camino Real Mexican American Democrats,  Paso del Norte Tejano Democrats, Stonewall
Democrats, West Tejano Democrats, Westside Democrats


El Paso County Democratic
Party Hall of Fame Committee, 2007, 2009


Successfully Challenged the El
Paso Democratic Delegation Allocation before State Nominations Committee
(Austin), 2008


Delegate- Precinct, County and
State Democratic Conventions, 2008, 2010


Senatorial District 29
Delegate to National Democratic Convention, 2008


Senatorial District 29 State
Democratic Executive Committeeman, Present


El Paso County Democratic
Party UNITY 2006, 2008 and 2010


Chair, El Paso Branch NAACP,
Political Action Committee, 2005-2010


Chair, Black El Paso
Democrats, 2005-Present


 


COMMUNITY SPEAKING
ENGAGEMENTS


Speaker, Project Alpha, A Man
to Man Talk About Teen Pregnancy


Speaker, Paternity/Child
Support, Father/Son Conference, Americas High School,


Speaker, Texas State Legal
Secretaries Association


Speaker, El Paso Legal
Assistants Association


Speaker, 70th Ordnance Battalion.
Prayer Breakfast


Speaker, 11th ADA Brigade,
Offsite


Speaker, La Tuna Federal
Prison, Joint Task Force 6


Speaker, Martin Luther King
Celebration, Ft. Bliss, Texas


Speaker, El Paso Inter-Club
Council, Juneteenth Heritage Breakfast


Speaker, ADA 552, Domestic
Violence Prevention


Speaker, Federal Bureau of
Prisons, Biggs Field


Speaker, Texas Health
Information Management Association Workshops


Speaker, El Paso Interpreters
and Translators Association


Speaker, Junior League Court
Link


Speaker, Asociacion Lideres Mexicanos Americanos (ALMA)


Speaker, University of Texas
at El Paso, Student Government Association Induction


Speaker, University of Texas
at El Paso Honors Council Induction


Speaker, University of Texas
at El Paso 50 Year Desegregation Celebration


Speaker, University of Texas
at El Paso Multi-Cultural Graduation Celebration


Speaker, El Paso Intelligence
Center (EPIC), Veterans Day Presentation


Speaker, International
Boundary and Water Commission, United States Section


Speaker, Black History Month
and Career Day Programs at various middle and high schools


Speaker, Silhouettes “Ladies
in Red” Annual Brunch


Speaker, St. Peter Missionary
Baptist Church Father’s Day Program


Speaker, El Paso Central Labor
Union Labor Day Breakfast


Speaker, Mount Zion Baptist Church
Senior Center Program, 2010


Speaker, El Paso Branch NAACP
Jubilee Celebration, 2010


Speaker, Communications
Workers of American Regional Convention, 2010


 

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