Clermont County Common Pleas Administrative Judge William Walker has been named “2009 Trial Judge of the Year” by the Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association.
Judge Walker was honored during the organization’s annual recognition dinner on Nov. 17 in Cincinnati.
The Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association is comprised of trial attorneys who desire to advance the cause of those who are damaged in person or property and who must seek legal redress, and to uphold and improve the judicial system and trial by jury.
First elected to Clermont County Common Pleas Court in 1986, Judge Walker has served as Presiding and Administrative Judge for many of his years on the bench. He has been instrumental in establishing the intensive probation services, intensive sex offender supervision, non-support probation, pre-trial bond, and mental health programs within the Common Pleas Adult Probation Department.
Judge Walker instituted the court-wide civil mediation program, which promotes early resolution of cases. He has worked closely within the partnership of the Common Pleas Court, the Adult Probation Department, the Prosecutor's Office, and the Clermont County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) to develop and implement the County's non-support diversion program.