One Broward courthouse insider describes Judge Elijah Williams as the "best kind of judge to reach troubled black youths. He comes from a poor background but has military and law-and-order experiences. He can show kids the possibility in their lives."
Which makes it fitting that Judge Williams has been presiding in juvenile court the last four of his eight years on the bench. Broward voters would do well to keep Judge Williams in court. We highly recommend him.
His opponent is Alan Schneider, whom no one in the Broward legal community seems to know much about. Since he declined to be interviewed by the Editorial Board we can't enlighten readers, either, other than to say that he has been practicing law since 1991.
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Judge Williams, 51, began his legal career in the Air Force, where he served in the Judge Advocate General's Department in Colorado and England. He prosecuted court-martials, among other duties. Upon leaving the military, he worked as a Broward prosecutor for two years. After a short stint in private practice, he took the job of assistant general counsel to the Broward Sheriff's Office in 1993.
He was appointed to circuit court in 2002 and retained by voters in 2004.
Speaking about his job in juvenile court, Judge Williams says, "It's very satisfying because I'm more concerned about these kids than which corporation gets a million-dollar settlement."
For Broward County Circuit Court Group 4 The Miami Herald recommends JUDGE ELIJAH WILLIAMS.