The Honorable Debra Walker (’87) Appointed Chair of Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Illinois Supreme Court recently announced the appointment of Cook County Circuit Judge Debra B. Walker to serve as chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. 

"Judge Walker has served the Commission on Professionalism with dedication and distinction for over a decade," said Justice Robert R. Thomas, who serves as Supreme Court liaison to the Commission. "She has a demonstrated commitment to implementing the ideals that the Commission on Professionalism was created to promote and advance in the legal community: civility, ethics, increasing diversity and encouraging pro bono service. These qualities will make Judge Walker an excellent Chair of the Commission and steward of its important work."

Judge Walker, who succeeds Gordon B. Nash as chair of the Commission, has served as a member of the Commission on Professionalism since its inception in 2005 and was appointed by Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow as a member of the predecessor body, the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Civility. Elected to the bench in November 2008, Judge Walker currently sits in the Domestic Relations Division. She was previously a partner at the Chicago law firm of Clausen Miller, P.C., concentrating in defending professional liability matters.

Judge Walker obtained her juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1987.

In addition to being a member of the Commission on Professionalism, Judge Walker also serves as a commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. She is past president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and in October, 2012, was inducted as president of the Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association. She is the second female president in the organization’s 61-year history.

“I am honored to be working with the very best of our profession serving the Court in this critical work," Judge Walker said. "I am delighted to lead the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and am grateful to the Court for the confidence it has placed in me. Working closely with our Commissioners and the Court, I look forward to continuing our efforts to promote professionalism, including with our statewide mentoring program.”