Walker 97L to lead Partnership Against Domestic Violence
Daphne Walker 97L, a former prosecutor and magistrate judge, has been named president and CEO of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, a nonprofit based in Atlanta. She assumes her duties on Sept. 9.
“We are extremely proud to have Judge Walker leading PADV into the future,” said PADV Chairman of the Board Marcus Delgado. “She brings tremendous experience with intimate partner violence issues, along with compassion and strength to an already strong organization. We look forward to a long future with her at our helm.”
In 2002, Walker established The Walker Law Group P.C., where she provided pro bono legal services for victims of domestic violence in divorce, child custody, child support and other family law matters. As part of her practice, she became aware of PADV, and referred clients there.
Walker was the first African-American assistant district attorney in the Houston Judicial Circuit and the first African-American elected judge in Clayton County, in 2004. She was re-elected chief magistrate judge in 2008 and 2012.
Walker received the Gender in Justice Award in 2007 from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, for efforts against intimate partner violence. While chair of the Judicial Council Taskforce on Domestic Violence Courts, Walker was instrumental in obtaining federal funding to develop training curriculum for judges and to create standards and practices for Georgia’s domestic courts.