The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently presented Judge William S. Sessions with his official portrait at a reception at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.Portraits of former Directors are installed in a gallery in the Bureau's building. Currently a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, Judge Sessions was Director of the FBI from 1987 to 1993.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III unveiled the portrait at a morning reception with several Holland & Knight colleagues and other former Directors and dignitaries present to honor Judge Sessions. John Collingwood, former FBI assistant director, made remarks, which outlined Judge Sessions' accomplishments during his tenure as FBI Director. These included initiating a program known as Safe Streets, which resulted in a significant reduction in violent crime in the United States; launching and successfully pursuing a program to build and to integrate automated finger print information systems (AFIS) so that evaluations could be conducted in minutes instead of weeks; and taking steps that opened the door to the forensic use of DNA evidence for in court identification.
'Judge Sessions's impeccable record of public service speaks for itself,' added Martha Barnett, chair of the Holland & Knight Directors Committee. 'My colleagues and I were glad to join with others to honor his important contributions to the FBI and to strengthening our justice system.'
The symbolism in the Sessions portrait includes a border on the left side that represents the advancements that Judge Sessions brought to finger print identification methods and the border on the right side represents the advancements in the forensic use of DNA evidence.
Judge Sessions joined the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division as chief of the Government Operations Section in 1969. He was appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas and subsequently became a United States district judge of the Western District of Texas in 1974 and in 1980 chief judge of that court.
He has continued his public service as a partner in the firm of Holland and Knight LLP in the practice of mediation and arbitration.