Director, Focused Decisions and the Institute for Administrative Justice, McGeorge School of Law
Year Graduated: 2004
Undergraduate: Penn State University
Major: Bachelor of Science, Business Logistics
Andrew Walker is the director of Focused Decisions at McGeorge School of Law, the flagship program of the Institute for Administrative Justice. He completed his undergraduate degree in business logistics at Pennsylvania State University in 2001. He chose McGeorge for law school because of the unique opportunities it provides to its students as well as its close-knit community feel. In his current role, he enjoys providing students with unique opportunities while managing several attorneys and hearing officers. He looks forward to continuing to build innovative programs at McGeorge.
When Andrew Walker , '04, visited the McGeorge campus, something "clicked" and he knew he had found his law school home. Well over a decade later, McGeorge is also his career home. "McGeorge is a forward thinking institution that prepares top-tier attorneys who power our region. It's rewarding to be part of something so influential and to help students forge their paths."
Walker had always thought of pursuing law school, especially during the last two years of his undergraduate studies in business logistics at Pennsylvania State University. After applying to and visiting many schools like George Washington University, Seton Hall University and American University, he felt like many law schools were small buildings in the middle of big cities. With McGeorge, he knew he'd found something special in its tight-knit community feel, accessible professors, and focus on togetherness and opportunity. "I visited McGeorge and saw endless career opportunities and professors eating lunch with students. It made my decision easy."
After graduating from Penn State in 2001, Walker went straight to law school at McGeorge. He took the same advice that he now gives to current students and came to law school ready to take advantage of the rigor, work hard, and make contacts. After he completed his JD in 2004, his cites the internships and externships he had as a student as vital to his early career success in his staff position at the Institute for Administrative Justice on the McGeorge campus. "I immediately started managing several attorneys and realized that I was not only prepared for trial, but also prepared to manage a law office, which was extremely important."
While Walker had many professional options other than the position he took at McGeorge, the dual opportunity to help people who wouldn't otherwise be represented and to help students get tangible and advanced experience kept him at McGeorge. In his first several years at the Institute for Administrative Justice, he supervised a large staff and worked with other attorneys to protect the legal rights of parolees. After several years, he advanced to director of the Institute and managed over 100 attorneys.
In 2012, Walker was on the ground level of launching Focused Decisions, now the primary program of the Institute where attorneys and students offer an array of services including mock juries, focus groups, and other litigation consultation services. "The cases that run through Focused Decisions are multimillion dollar cases that students would not otherwise experience until well into their career. Wins are extremely rewarding and the advocacy skills students learn in civil trials really stand out on a resume."
As Walker reflected on special memories from McGeorge, he highlighted Professor Edward Telfeyan's legal writing class. "I thought it was an area I could improve on and he really pushed me to write excellent briefs and memorandums. He fit McGeorge perfectly in that he was always accessible, easy to talk to, and cared deeply about the success and future of his students."
As for Walker's future plans, Walker states, "The more I am at McGeorge, the more I want to stay. I want to keep bringing students innovative programs and opportunities that make a difference in their lives and careers. I am excited to see what we can build together next."