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Diversity & Inclusion 2021: Alexus Williams

Assistant County Counselor

St. Louis County Counselor’s Office

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 election promised to be a historic one. But when an outbreak that ground most public life to a halt also posed a threat to voter turnout in a pivotal presidential election cycle, Alexus Williams stepped in to Promote the Vote.

williamsThat voter-education campaign, which encouraged mail-in and absentee ballots as a safe alternative to in-person voting, connected with thousands of St. Louisans. An initiative of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Young Lawyers Division, it also partnered with Midland States Bank and local notaries to provide free notary services to St. Louis voters. Williams organized that effort in her role as chair of the YLD Committee Addressing Racial Equity in St. Louis (CARES).

A 2018 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, Williams previously worked as an assistant circuit attorney in St. Louis. Since joining the county in late 2019, her duties include work on behalf of the Small Business Relief Program, serving as prosecuting attorney for the North County Municipal Court and codeveloping the post-COVID-19 reopening plan for the county’s municipal courts.

As a city prosecutor, Williams specialized in domestic violence and sexual abuse prosecution. A three-year, summa cum laude graduate of Howard University, she also worked as a legal solutions consultant for LexisNexis before her admission to The Missouri Bar.

What motivates you most in your work as an attorney and as an advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?

What drives me to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion is — despite the gains made — the continual evolvement that is still needed. The slow progress of women and people of color in all aspects of the legal profession is disheartening. I press forward as an advocate, understanding that with every door opened for me, I possess the power to open doors for minorities in the future.

What makes you most proud of your law firm/legal practice? 

As a public servant, I interact with local St. Louis residents on a regular basis. It is always rewarding to offer fellow minorities a quality experience with the criminal justice system. I understand how much representation matters throughout the practice of law, particularly in prosecution.

What must Missouri’s legal community do to promote meaningful and long-term diversity within its legal/justice system? 

Missouri’s legal community must strive towards making equity a priority. Having only diverse hiring practices is not enough. We must continue to provide younger and diverse candidates with the necessary resources and support to help them grow and make our legal system better. We also must continue to offer professional development around issues relating to diversity, equity and inclusion for all.

2021 Diversity & Inclusion Awards