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Dean Kathleen M. Boozang and Karol Corbin Walker '86 at the AFBNJ Dinner

Karol Corbin Walker ’86 in New Leadership Role

A Shareholder at LeClairRyan, in 1995 Karol Corbin Walker became the first African American female to attain partner status in a major New Jersey law firm


The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (AFBNJ) installed Karol Corbin Walker ’86 as the organization’s new president. The official celebration took place on June 18 at the AFBNJ’s Annual William J. Brennan, Jr. Awards Reception.

Ms. Walker is the first African American to serve as AFBNJ president, a groundbreaking event for the organization – but not the first time she has broken such a barrier. She is the first African American from New Jersey appointed in 2013 to serve as the Third Circuit representative to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. In 2012 she became the first African American female President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Ms. Walker is the first African American who served as President of the New Jersey State Bar Association in 2003. She became the first African American female to attain partner status at any major New Jersey law firm, when she was named a Shareholder at LeClairRyan in Newark in 1995. While a student at Seton Hall Law, Ms. Walker was the first African American Director of Seton Hall Law’s Moot Court Board. She is a founding member of the Seton Hall Law Board of Visitors.

“I am honored to be the AFBNJ President, and am excited about the upcoming 2015-2016 bar year,” Ms. Walker said. “The AFBNJ will continue to build upon, and raise its bar of excellence through flagship programs, Brown Bag Seminar Luncheons, and Young Lawyers Networking Events. The AFBNJ is inclusive, and welcomes all New Jersey federal practitioners.”

Karol Corbin Walker is a litigator and her practice encompasses business, commercial, employment, environmental, hazardous waste, insurance coverage, toxic tort and product liability litigation matters. Her clients have included numerous Fortune 500 corporations as well as other publicly and privately held corporations, financial institutions, entertainers and insurance companies. The New Jersey Supreme Court has appointed Ms. Walker to several committees including the Committee on Judicial Evaluation, Committee on Civil Practice, Committee on Character, District Fee Arbitration and Committee on the Tax Court. She previously served as a member of the New Jersey State Ethics Commission, appointed by New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine.

Also recognized at the Awards Reception were Kevin Marino ’84, a founding member of the Seton Hall Law Board of Visitors, who was named a Trustee; along with Seton Hall Law graduates Walter F. Timpone ’79, Stacey D. Adams ’98 and David C. Kistler ’01.

As is its annual tradition, the AFBNJ awarded the John J. Barry Memorial Scholarship to one law student from each of the three New Jersey law schools. Brian M. McDonough ’16 was this year’s Seton Hall Law scholarship recipient.

The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey serves attorneys who practice in the District of New Jersey's three vicinages: Newark, Trenton, and Camden. The AFBNJ offers educational and social events throughout the year with a focus on issues of court administration and federal practice.