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Sonni Choi Williams Announces Candidacy for 3rd District Appellate Judge

Sonni Choi Williams

Will County attorney Sonni Choi Williams is pleased to announce her candidacy for 3rd District Appellate Judge. Ms. Williams is a well-regarded attorney who provides exceptional legal services and devotes significant energy to enriching the legal profession. She will bring her decades of broad legal experience to the 3rd District Appellate Court which now covers the counties of Bureau, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Will.

Sonni Choi Williams has been practicing law for 23 years in the state of Illinois. Since 2017, Sonni Williams has served the City of Lockport as its City Attorney. She has also represented clients in complex civil tort cases at both the state and federal levels. As an attorney, she has argued cases before the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the 3rd District Appellate Court.

Previously, Ms. Williams served the city of Peoria as the Deputy Corporation Counsel, Interim Corporation Counsel, Senior Staff Attorney, and Assistant Corporation Counsel. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the juvenile delinquency division for Tazewell County Public Defender’s Office.

She was recently elected as the 3rd Vice President of the state-wide premier legal association, Illinois State Bar Association, becoming the first woman lawyer of color to be elected to that office in its 145-year history. Ms. Williams also serves as a board member for several associations, including the Illinois Bar Foundation, the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, and the Korean-American Bar Association of Chicago.

Williams’ hard work, integrity, and diligence have earned her several awards. Most recently, she received the Alumna of the Year award from her alma mater, Northern Illinois University College of Law. She has received the Illinois State Bar Association Diversity Leadership Award on multiple occasions. The ISBA also awarded Attorney Williams with the Board of Governors Award. Additionally, in 2008, she received the Annual Achievement Award from the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association.

Sonni Choi Williams’ historic win to the appellate court bench will strengthen the confidence of a fair and just judicial system that is reflective of the community that it serves. Sonni lives in Lockport with her husband. They have been married for 25 years and have two adult children.

"The people of Illinois need Sonni Choi Williams on our Appellate court. She brings with her vast legal experience, humility, empathy, and a lifetime of public service. In this richly diverse area of the state, the newly drawn 3rd Appellate District gives the people the opportunity to elect its first Asian American woman,” said State Representative Natalie A. Manley of the 98th District, who is endorsing Williams.

Sonni Choi Williams' growing list of endorsements include from:

  • State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel, 49th District
  • State Representative Dagmara "Dee" Avelar, 85th District
  • Denise Winfrey, Will County Board Member, National Association of Counties' First Vice President, and past Speaker of the Will County Board
  • Michelle Stiff, Vice-Chair of the Will County Democratic Party, Chair of the Will County Democratic Black Caucus, Vice-Chair of Joliet Township High School Dist. 204
  • Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer, Secretary of the Will County Democratic Party and Joliet Township High School Dist. 204
  • Ken Harris, DuPage Township Assessor and Treasurer of the Will County Democratic Party
  • Sonya Jenkins-Bell, Trustee of Village University Park and Second Vice-Chair of the Will County Democratic Party
  • Ken Griffin, Trustee of the Village of Romeoville and Chair of the Lockport Township Democratic Organization
  • Ken Mejia-Beal, Chair of the Democratic Party of DuPage County
  • Arian Ahmadpour, Auditor for Will County Democratic Central Committee and Treasurer & Finance Chair for Will County Young Democrats
  • Homer Township Democratic Organization
  • Julia Kennedy Beckman, Illinois Democratic Party Central Committeeperson (11th Congressional Dist.)

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