Judge Bios

Walton, Reggie B.

Appointed: December 6, 1991

On December 6, 1991, Judge Reggie B. Walton resumed his service as an

Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Walton served

as the Presiding Judge of Superior Court’s Family Division. Judge Walton previously

served as the Presiding Judge of the Court’s Domestic Violence Unit. Prior to his

reappointment to the bench by President George Bush, Judge Walton served as the

Senior White House Advisor for Crime from May 20, 1991, until the date of his

reappointment. Prior to serving in that position, Judge Walton was the Associate Director

On December 6, 1991, Judge Reggie B. Walton resumed his service as an

Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Walton served

as the Presiding Judge of Superior Court’s Family Division. Judge Walton previously

served as the Presiding Judge of the Court’s Domestic Violence Unit. Prior to his

reappointment to the bench by President George Bush, Judge Walton served as the

Senior White House Advisor for Crime from May 20, 1991, until the date of his

reappointment. Prior to serving in that position, Judge Walton was the Associate Director

of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President from

June 9, 1989 to May 17, 1991.

Before joining the Bush Administration in 1989, Judge Walton had served as an

Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from July 1981 to June

1989. From 1986 until leaving the Superior Court in 1989, Judge Walton served as the

Court’s Deputy Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division.

Before his appointment to the Superior Court bench in 1981, Judge Walton served as the

Executive Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney in

Washington, D.C., from June 1980 to July 1981, and was an Assistant United States

Attorney in that office from March 1976 to June 1980. From June 1979 to June 1980,

Judge Walton was also the Chief of the Career Criminal Unit in the United States

Attorney’s Office. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Judge Walton was a

staff attorney in the Defender Association of Philadelphia from August 1974 to February

1976.

Judge Walton was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, on February 8, 1949. He

received his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State College in 1971 and

received his Juris Doctorate degree from The American University, Washington College of

Law, in 1974.

Judge Walton has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including his

inclusion in the 2001 edition of The Marquis Who’s Who in America; the 2000 edition of The

Marquis Who’s Who in the World; the 2000 North Star Award presented by the

Washington College of Law, The American University; the 1999 Distinguished Alumni

Award presented by the Washington College of Law, The American University; the 1997

Honorable Robert A. Shuker Memorial Award presented by the Assistant United States

Attorneys’ Association; the 1993 William H. Hastie Award presented by the Judicial

Council of the National Bar Association; the 1990 County Spotlight Award presented by

the National Association of Counties; the 1990 James R. Waddy Meritorious Service

Award presented by the West Virginia State College National Alumni Association; the

Secretary’s Award, presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1990; the 1989 H.

Carl Moultrie Award, presented by the District of Columbia Branch of the National

Association for the Advancement of Colored People; the Bar Association of the District of

Columbia’s Young Lawyers Section 1989 Award for Distinguished Service to the

Community and the Nation; the 1989 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service to the

Washington College of Law, The American University; and the United States Department

of Justice’s Directors Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States

Attorney in 1980. In addition, April 9, 1991, was declared as Judge Reggie B. Walton

Day in the State of Louisiana by the Governor for his contribution to the War on Drugs.

Judge Walton was also commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Wallace G.

Wilkinson in 1990 and 1991, which is the highest honor awarded by the State of Kentucky.

Numerous mayors in cities throughout the country have bestowed similar honors upon

Judge Walton.

Judge Walton was one of 14 judges recently profiled in a book entitled “Black

Judges On Justice: Perspectives From The Bench.” The book is the first effort to assess

the judicial perspectives of prominent African-American judges in the United States.

Judge Walton traveled to lrkutsk, Russia, in May 1996 to provide instruction to Russian

Judges on criminal law subjects in a program funded by the United States Department of

Justice’s and American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative Reform

Project. Judge Walton is also an instructor in the Harvard University Law School Advocacy

Workshop and a faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.

Judge Walton has been active in working with the youth of the Washington, D.C., area and

throughout the nation. He has served as a Big Brother and frequently speaks at schools

throughout the Washington Metropolitan area concerning drugs, crime, and personal

responsibility.

Judge Walton and his wife, Debra, are the parents of one daughter, Danon.