Basil Williams


Basil is a Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals, Writs, and Trials section of the California Department of Justice. At the state DOJ, Basil briefs and argues felony criminal appeals and related writs in the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. He also responds to habeas petitions and related appeals in federal district court and the Ninth Circuit. Basil serves as a law student supervisor and is a member of the Attorney General’s Black Employees Advisory Committee, which advises the Attorney General on issues affecting black employees, including recruitment and retention efforts. In addition to his state DOJ responsibilities, Basil serves on the Executive Committee of the CLA’s Criminal Law Section and on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the nation’s oldest LGBT bar association. 

Prior to joining UC Berkeley School of Law’s faculty as an LL.M. Legal Research and Writing Lecturer, Basil served as an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law.


LL.M., UC Hastings College of the Law (2015)
L.E.C., Norman Manley Law School (2012)
LL.B., University of London (2010)