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James C. Wills

Assistant Director James C. Wills

James C. Wills is the Assistant Director of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) and the Bureau of Prisons' General Counsel. Mr. Wills began his service with the Bureau of Prisons as an Attorney in the South Central Regional Office in 1993. He worked as an Attorney Advisor at FCI Dublin (CA) and FCI Ft. Dix (NJ). Mr. Wills joined the Discrimination Complaints and Ethics Branch in Central Office in 1999 as an Assistant General Counsel. Subsequently, he was selected for positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief of the Legislative and Correctional Issues Branch, a position he held until he was selected as Senior Deputy General Counsel in January 2016.

In February 2022, Mr. Wills began serving as the Acting Assistant Director/General Counsel of the Office of General Counsel and was selected for the position in January 2023. As the Assistant Director/General Counsel, Mr. Wills oversees a variety of legal practices, including inmate litigation, employment law, legislative and correctional issues, ethics, commercial law, real estate and environmental issues, and the Freedom of Information Act. He manages approximately 250 attorneys, paralegals and support staff who provide effective legal advice, assistance, and legal representation to officials of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Mr. Wills received his undergraduate degree in English from Morehouse College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.