Judge Reggie B. Walton assumed his position as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia on October 29, 2001, after being nominated to the position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. Judge Walton was also appointed by President Bush in June of 2004 to serve as the Chair of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, a commission created by the United States Congress and tasked with the mission of identifying methods to curb the incidents of prison rape. The Commission completed its mission and submitted its recommendations to the President, the United States Congress, and the Attorney General for the United States in June 2009. The recommendations were substantially adopted by the Attorney General and have been implemented in Federal Bureau of Prison detention facilities; they remain under consideration for adoption by the Department of Homeland Security for implementation at federal immigration facilities and by federal, state and local officials throughout the United States. Former Chief Justice Rehnquist also appointed Judge Walton to the federal judiciary's Criminal Law Committee, effective October 1, 2005, and he served on the Committee until 2011. In May 2007, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Walton to serve as a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which is a 7-year appointment, and in February 2013, the Chief Justice elevated Judge Walton to the position of Presiding Judge of that same court.
Judge Walton previously served as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1981 to 1989 and 1991 to 2001, having been appointed to that position on two occasions by Presidents Ronald Reagan in 1981 and George H. W. Bush in 1991. While serving on the Superior Court, Judge Walton was the Court's Presiding Judge of the Family Division, Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Unit, and Deputy Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. Between 1989 and 1991, Judge Walton served as President George H. W. Bush's Associate Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President and as President Bush's Senior White House Advisor for Crime.
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 for the District of Columbia from June 1980 to July 1981, and he 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 University 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: the Presidential Who's Who District Court Judge of the Year in 2010; induction into the Mid Mon Valley (Pennsylvania) All Sports Hall of Fame in 2009; induction into the Ringgold High School Rams Club Hall of Fame in 2010; an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from West Virginia State University in 2008; the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives’ Community Service Award, Washington D.C. Chapter, in 2008; a Leadership in Education Award from The American University, Washington Semester Program in 2007; the Ringgold High School Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007; his selection to the West Virginia State University Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004; his inclusion in the 2001-2011 editions of The Marquis Who's Who in America, and the 2000-2011 editions of The Marquis Who's Who in the World; the 2000 North Star Award, presented by The American University, Washington College of Law; the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by The American University, Washington College of Law; 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 University 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 Young Lawyer’s Section 1989 Award for Distinguished Service to the Community and the Nation; the 1989 Dean's Award for Distinguished Service to The American University, Washington College of Law; 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 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 civilian honor awarded by the State of Kentucky. Numerous mayors in cities throughout the country have bestowed similar honors on Judge Walton for his work on the nation's drug problem.
Judge Walton presided over the trial of I. Lewis AScooter@ Libby, who was charged with and convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice. Mr. Libby was Vice-President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff and National Security Advisor, and he was also a National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. He also recently presided over the trial of former Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens, who was charged with perjury and obstruction of Congress.
Judge Walton was one of 14 judges profiled in a 1994 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 Irkutsk, 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 and the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative Reform Project. Judge Walton is also an instructor in the Harvard University Law School's 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 are the parents of one daughter.
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