Attorney Allegra Walker has announced that she will run for General Sessions Judge, Division IV.
“My candidacy is an extension of my professional and personal interest in Davidson County’s future,” said Walker. “As a wife, mother, lawyer and former prosecutor, my commitment to the justice system, and to issues of domestic violence in particular, is firm and unwavering.”
Her commitment will undoubtedly serve General Court Sessions well. As ‘the court of first resort,’ the General Sessions Court of Nashville, Davidson Court serves as the gateway into the local justice system. A high volume, limited jurisdiction court that handles an array of cases including domestic violence offenses, orders of protection and environmental violations, General Sessions Court is often one’s first encounter with the legal process.
Walker recently left the Office of the District Attorney where she was an assistant prosecutor for six years. During her tenure she prosecuted a variety of crimes but specialized in prosecuting domestic and family violence and elder abuse crimes. Her passion was seeking justice for victims of domestic violence.
“As a prosecutor, not only did I pride myself on having understood the serious and harmful nature of criminal activity” said Walker. “I dedicated my time and resources in the court and in the community as an advocate for victims. We must break the vicious cycle of domestic violence.”
Walker has been especially active in the domestic violence community. She is an active member of the Nashville Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the YWCA and the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Assault. Walker also served as a member of Mayor Karl Dean’s Domestic Violence Assessment Team. She was recently honored by her colleagues from the Nashville Coalition to end Domestic Violence with the 2013 Outstanding State Official Award.
A 1993 graduate of Fisk University, Walker was an assistant public defender, where she represented the criminally indigent for almost seven years before joining the Office of the District Attorney. She earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Toledo 1996.
Her balanced perspective to justice has earned respect of colleagues, the confidence of the law enforcement and most importantly, the trust of the Nashville’s citizens.
“My experience in court, both as a public defender and prosecutor, has given me a unique perspective that few others have.” said Walker. “Together, these experiences have taught me how to be tough, but fair and impartial. I believe my balance, experience in domestic violence and connection to our public makes me an ideal fit for the Davidson County General Sessions Court, Div. IV.”
The primary election will be held on May 6.