2012 The Root 100

R. Seth Williams, Philadelphia's first black district attorney, won a landmark abuse case in 2012.

  • Influence: 132.9
  • Reach: 7.4
  • Substance: 7.0
  • Media Mentions: 19
  • Internet Mentions: 1100
  • Twitter Followers: 1029
  • R. Seth Williams

  • Philadelphia's first black district attorney, whose office recently won a landmark sex-abuse case.
  • Job: District attorney of Philadelphia
  • Sector: Law
  • Twitter: @seth4da
  • Location: Philadelphia
  • Age: 45
  • Bio: R. Seth Williams, Philadelphia's first-ever African-American district attorney, returns to The Root 100 in the year his office won a landmark case: In June the district attorney's office won a child-endangerment case against a high-ranking Roman Catholic cleric. That trial marked the first time that U.S. prosecutors charged church leaders for failing to report or stop child sex abuse by priests. "Many people of many generations have unclean hands when it comes to this silence," Williams said afterward, adding that additional investigations are possible. Williams, a 2010 Root 100 honoree, earned his Georgetown Law degree and worked as an assistant district attorney and inspector general before winning his 2010 election in a landslide.