Idaho Federal Court History


Williams, Mikel H.

Magistrate Judge Williams graduated from the University of Idaho in 1966 as Pre-law major. He received a Research Scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in 1967. After graduating from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1969,  Judge Williams received a commission in the United States Army, Judge Advocate Generals Corps. After serving four years of active duty, Judge Williams returned to Boise with a position as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 1977, he left the U.S. Attorney's Office and became a partner in the Boise law firm of Collins, Manly & Williams. In 1984, Judge Williams was appointed as the first full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Idaho. Judge Williams is a past chairman of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges Association; a member of the Ninth Circuit Defenders Committee; Chairman of the District Court Local Rules Committee;  and a member of the American Inns of Court. Judge Williams holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Retired in the United States Army Reserves. 

Judge Williams teaches the Practical Skills Seminar for the Idaho Law Foundation 1987-current; and Federal Law Updates, Idaho Law Foundation, 1991-1993. He has published The History of the Development and Current Status of the Carey Act in Idaho, Idaho Department of Water Resources, 1967. 

He is married and has two children.  His hobbies include white water rafting, sailing, and skiing.