PRECINCT 444 Podcast

A Podcast of The National Law Enforcement Museum

Billy Williams: The Oregon Way


The power of being unaffiliated and open-minded. 


Our guest Billy Williams has held numerous positions of leadership. As U.S. attorney in Oregon from 2015-2021, he worked to forge relationships, foster understanding, and represent victim and state interests. He served on numerous advisory subcommittees and working groups, including the Native American Issues Subcommittee, Civil Rights Subcommittee, Border and Immigration Subcommittee, Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, Ninth Circuit Fairness Committee and as chair of the Attorney General’s Marijuana Working Group. Before serving as U.S. attorney, Williams held DOJ roles as first assistant U.S. attorney, chief of the Criminal Division, chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, and as Oregon’s Indian Country assistant U.S. attorney and tribal liaison. Before launching his career in federal service, he served as a senior deputy district attorney in Oregon’s Multnomah County and as a state prosecutor handling violent crimes. 


“There are so many things that we can do better at if we drop the politics, the extremism, the name calling, the belittling of people who have a different perspective than we do.”

 – Billy Williams


Billy Williams is here to share insights from his career as US Attorney and as a state prosecutor. The world is much bigger than we can imagine, and the challenges are vast, but we can overcome them with a little listening and a slice of humble pie which Billy so eloquently reminds us. Enjoy! 



Billy J. Williams – Best Best & Krieger ( 

Billy Williams | LinkedIn 

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Our Host 

I’m Thomas Canavan, the executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum. There is nothing I respect more than people who dedicate their lives to helping others and the opportunity to sit across from these icons of the law enforcement community is one of the highlights of my career. Thanks for listening!  


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