Before Baltimore City Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams made national headlines presiding over the Freddie Gray police officer trials, he was a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.
Williams, who has been on the bench since 2005, will be recognized for his legal career accomplishments Thursday night with the Robert C. Heeney Award, presented annually by the Criminal Law and Practice Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.
The award has gone to judges, private practitioners and law professors since the section began giving it in 1982, according to Frederick County Circuit Judge Julie Stevenson Solt, the section’s chair.
“It’s for a career of outstanding service in the practice of criminal law,” she said. “It’s not just for one particular thing or one particular year.”
The ceremony is at 6 p.m. at Westminster Hall in Baltimore.