Meet Gloria Walker
From humble beginnings…
Gloria’s mother has a fifth grade education and had Gloria at the age of 15. Gloria’s mother’s educational expectation for Gloria was a high school diploma. Her mother anticipated that with her diploma she would obtain employment that afforded her more opportunity than that which the local factory offered. Despite these expectations, Gloria graduated from high school and worked in a factory.
As a young adult, Gloria worked as a waitress to pay her way through school. “I was working full time and going to school at a community college. It was a lot of work, but I was determined to making something better for myself,” Gloria says. She was accepted to the University of Florida where she graduated with honors. She went on to the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, where she also graduated with honors. While attending the University of Florida, Gloria met her husband, Rogers Walker. He also graduated from UF and UF Levin College of Law and is employed as an Assistant State Attorney in the Eighth Circuit. They have two beautiful daughters, ages 8 and 11.
…to a leader of the legal profession
After law school, Gloria had the opportunity to pursue high paying legal jobs but decided to follow her passion of providing due process and justice to those most in need. She began her legal career 16 years ago assisting the abused, disabled, elderly, and poor as a paralegal at Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. (Three Rivers). Due to her hard work and legal proficiency, Gloria was quickly promoted from an AmeriCorps Attorney to a Staff Attorney and then to her current position as Managing Attorney and Director of Litigation. In her current position she manages eight attorneys and support staff in the Gainesville office of Three Rivers and oversees litigation in all three offices of Three Rivers a role spanning 17 counties in Gainesville, Lake City and Jacksonville. She also teaches at the University of Florida, Levin of College, as an adjunct Professor during Spring Terms and has served as a Mock Judge for appellate courses.
Gloria has litigated cases at the state, federal and appellate levels. She is perhaps best known for her work in the “Kennedy Homes Litigation” where she represented 90 families, from low-income housing, with many complex legal issues. She is committed to enforcing the rule of law, while ensuring justice for all. In addition, to being admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, Gloria is admitted to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeal and U.S. Court, Northern District of Florida.
The experience we need
Gloria’s professional experience extends beyond the workplace to the Eighth Judicial Bar Association where she has been a member since 2003. Since joining, Gloria has served the organization as a Member, Board Member, President Designate, President-Elect and now President. For Gloria, leading the Eighth Judicial Bar Association is an honor for which she is as grateful as she is humbled. She recognizes that it is the efforts of her fellow members that make the Association as excellent as it is and she understands that without their commitment and participation she would not succeed. She is very thankful for her executive board, committees, members and all of their families because everyone, directly and indirectly, involved in the Association contributes to its success.
From 2011-2014 while on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Gloria served as a member, Vice-chair and Chair. She is a graduate of the Florida Bar’s William Reese Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy and has been a member of the Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee since 2016. She is also serving as a Program Chair of the Bennett Inn of Court and a Parent Representative of Equity Input through the School Board of Alachua County.