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Karol Corbin Walker Installed As First African American President Of The New Jersey State Bar Association
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Karol Corbin Walker, a partner at the Newark law firm of St. John & Wayne, L.L.C., will be sworn in as the 105th president of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at the organization’s Annual Meeting in Atlantic City. Walker will make history when she takes the oath of office as the first African American to serve as president in the 104–year history of the association.
As president, Walker is responsible for heading the association’s board of trustees, serving as the association’s official spokesperson and meeting with officials from state government and county bar associations to discuss issues of mutual concern. In addition to these duties, Walker continues in her role as a trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the NJSBA’s philanthropic arm. From 1997 to 1998, she was a member of the foundation’s Nominating Committee.
In 1995, Walker became the first African American woman to attain partner status at any major New Jersey law firm. An NJSBA member for 14 years, in 1998, she was the first African American appointed as chair of the association’s prestigious Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee.
A member of the board of trustees from 1995 to 1999, Walker served as chair of the Diversity and Long-Term Planning committees, co-chair of the Finance and Operations Committee and vice chair of the Public Relations Committee. Walker served on the executive board of the Young Lawyers Division and in 1993 was named “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the division.
She also served on the Centennial, Meeting Arrangements and Travel, and Membership committees, the editorial board of the New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper, and on the Task Force on Disciplinary System. In addition, Walker is a trustee of the Women in the Profession Section and a member of the General Council and the Environmental Law and Minorities in the Profession sections.
A former president and trustee of the Garden State Bar Association, in 1999, Walker received the “President’s Award” from the association. She is also a recipient of the “2000 Professional Achievement Award” from the Essex County Bar Association. She served the county association as trustee, as chair of its Continuing Legal Education and Minorities in the Profession committees, on the executive board of its Young Lawyers Division, and on its Nominating and Long Range Planning committees. Walker is also a member of the Morris County Bar Association.
Appointed to numerous New Jersey Supreme Court committees, Walker served as vice chair and chair of the District Fee Arbitration Committee from1992 to 1994, and on the Committee on the Tax Court from 1990 to 1993. Walker serves as chair of the Committee on Character, Part II until 2004, and is a member of the committees on Civil Practice and Judicial Evaluation. In addition, Walker was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey Lawyers Advisory Committee, Merit Selection Panel to consider reappointment of United States Magistrate Ronald J. Hedges, and the United States Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.
Walker is on the board of directors of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), serves as chair of its Bylaws and Policy Committee, and is a former chair of the ICLE Mission Statement Committee. Since 1992, Walker has been a frequent lecturer at ICLE programs and seminars on various topics. In 1999, the institute presented Walker with its “Distinguished Service Award”.
A member of the National Bar Association, Walker is first vice chair and former secretary of the Commercial Law Section. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Division of Partners in Majority Law Firms. Walker is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and its Torts and Insurance Practice Section. In addition, as a member of the ABA Section of Litigation, from 2001 to 2002 she served on its Judiciary and Federal Practice task forces.
Walker is the recipient of awards from the Women’s Law Forum, Black Law Students Association, and Alumni Association of Seton Hall University School of Law and the Black Law Students Association of Rutgers School of Law–Camden. She has also been recognized by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., The Paterson Federation Knights of Columbus, the Rolling Hills Girl Scout Council and the Jersey City Public Schools, in addition to other groups.
A graduate of New Jersey City University, formerly known as Jersey City State College, Walker received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1986, where she has served as an adjunct professor.
The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.
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