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The Honorable Charles Walker

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Administrative Judge
State Assistant Attorney General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Any Landing That You Can Walk Away From Is A Good One.

Birthplace

Born:
5/1/1951
Birth Location:
Anchorage, Alaska

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Administrative Judge
State Assistant Attorney General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Any Landing That You Can Walk Away From Is A Good One.

Birthplace

Born:
5/1/1951
Birth Location:
Anchorage
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Biography

Attorney Charles Edward Walker, Jr., was born on May 1, 1951, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Marguerite Pearl Lee and Colonel Charles E. Walker, Sr. Walker received his B.A. degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1973 and his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School in 1978.

In 1974, Walker began working as an English teacher for the Oxnard Union High School District in Oxnard, California. After leaving the school district in 1975, Walker studied at the London School of Economics, where he earned his B.S. degree in 1977. After returning to the United States, Walker moved to Massachusetts and worked as an attorney for the Department of Agriculture Office of General Counsel. He then served as a law clerk under the Honorable James Lynch for the Boston Superior Court until 1980.

After leaving the Boston Superior Court, Walker worked as a law clerk at the Massachusetts Court of Appeals for the Honorable Frederick L. Brown, who was the first African American to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Massachusetts. Walker resigned from this position in 1981 and began working as a teaching fellow for Suffolk University Law School’s Council on Legal Education Opportunity, while at the same time serving as an instructor at the University of Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter, Walker began working as the Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under then Attorney General Francis X. Bellotti. There, Walker defended state agencies and officials in all the state and federal trial and appellate courts of Massachusetts.

After leaving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1987, Walker worked briefly as an assistant professor at the New England School of Law, before beginning a six year tenure as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), which ended in 1998. In 2000, Walker served as an administrative judge with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Industrial Accidents, where he completed a four year term ending on September 20, 2004.

Walker has received several awards for his success in the legal arena, including the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Ten Lawyers of the Year” in 1997 and the 75th Anniversary Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston College Law School’s Alumni Association.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Charles Walker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his maternal grandparents' farm in Gahanna, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his paternal family's migration to Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers his paternal aunt, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers his paternal aunt, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his father's interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers his father's military career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers his father's military career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Charles Walker remember his sister, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Charles Walker remember his sister, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers his high school counselor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his experiences of discrimination in California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers confronting a racist teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls joining Adolfo Camarillo High School's track team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his early interest in drawing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers meeting Charles M. Schulz
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers a performance by James Brown
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his aspirations at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers joining the Church of God in Christ
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his decision to join the Church of God in Christ
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his experience as a standup comedian
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers working as a teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his decision to attend the Boston College Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his studies at the Boston College Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls moving to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about affirmative action policies, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about affirmative action policies, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his aspiration to practice entertainment law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls working as a law clerk
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers Richard G. Huber
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his first civil rights case, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his first civil rights case, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about the Roxbury Defenders Committee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his experiences as a law professor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes the history of liquor licensing in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about the African Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about the African Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls the lawsuit against Tom English's Cottage in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls the case of Lule Said v. Northeast Security, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls defending a black police officer in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about his reputation as an attorney
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers receiving death threats
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers becoming an administrative judge
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls his experiences as an administrative judge
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Charles Walker recalls joining Governor Deval L. Patrick's administration
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers dismissing a discrimination case, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Charles Walker remembers dismissing a discrimination case, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about Macon Bolling Allen
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes the history of civil rights law, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes the history of civil rights law, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Charles Walker reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Charles Walker reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Charles Walker talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Charles Walker describes how he would like to be remembered