Sommer L. WalkerSenior Attorney
Why I become a lawyer
I grew up in the Sabine County courthouse. My mother, father, and grandfather worked in the legal profession in the county, so my afterschool hangout was the courthouse. I loved seeing the actions and internal elements that occur in a courthouse. It was my second home and it was normal for me to wander around exploring and getting to know everyone that worked there.
My mom was the district clerk and a part of her job was to send out jury summons. When it was time to choose a pool of jurors for a case, we had a large steel barrel with a big handle that you would turn to mix up the name cards. I was given the honor and privilege to open the cover and blindly pull out jury cards for my mom to add to the jury summons list. It was fun, and I was playing a small part in the legal process.
After finishing my undergraduate degree early, I was figuring out what I wanted to do next and ultimately what I could do that would impact the most people for good. I decided to go into law school where after graduating I could help people navigate the hallways and rooms of our legal system to help them in their legal fight. What influenced my life-long decision to become an attorney was going back to my childhood memories where I was most comfortable walking the hallways of a courthouse.Why you should hire me as your attorney?
I think we can all agree that the legal system is super complicated. It is set up for everyday people to fail, not succeed when fighting it. Because of this, my goal at the end of each day is to combat the complexity with simplicity. My clients come to me for help navigating through the legal maze and making sound decisions that give them the results they need to make things right.Why you should hire me as your attorney?
I think we can all agree that the legal system is super complicated. It is set up for everyday people to fail, not succeed when fighting it. Because of this, my goal at the end of each day is to combat the complexity with simplicity. My clients come to me for help navigating through the legal maze and making sound decisions that give them the results they need to make things right.E. Explain how your experience helps clients. Moved to section D. F. Why I love being a lawyer? (Criminal Defense Assault story) I had a 50-year-old client that was classified as mentally incapable (MHMR) by the State. His only caregiver was his elderly mother. She had taken him to the doctor, and he became uncooperative with his mother and the medical staff. It escalated, and he ended up slapping his mother and someone on the medical staff called the police. The police ended up writing him a ticket that would cost him and his mother $569. The mother brought the case to me because she couldn’t afford the ticket and felt it wasn’t right for her son to receive a fine for the incident. While discussing the details that led to the incident, I discovered my client was off his medication thus the reason for his actions. I was able to help present a case that explained the entire situation and was able to get the case dismissed while getting the son and the mother the help they desperately needed. In so many mental health cases there is less willingness to understand the cause for the situation that led up to the incident and more of a push to quickly judge the effects of the event and not understanding the impact it will have on the victim and the caregivers.