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. Several times, I was given the honor 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 to 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 the legal system is super complex. It is set up for everyday people to fail and 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 I love being a lawyer
Simply stated – helping people. I had a 50-year-old client that was classified as mentally incapable (MHMR) by the State. His only caregiver was his elderly mother. One day while at a doctor’s visit he became uncooperative with his mother and the medical staff. It escalated and he ended up slapping his mother and the police were called. The police ended up writing him a ticket that would costs 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 be fined for the incident. While discussing the details that led up to the event it was discovered her son 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 it 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.
J.D., Texas Tech School of Law, 2003
- Member, Board of Barristers
B.S., Howard Payne University Fall 1999
- National Dean’s List
- Student Athlete
- Texas, 2003
- Northern District of Texas, 2008
- Eastern District of Texas, 2005
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