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Tenley E. Armstrong
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TENLEY E. ARMSTRONG. Tenley Armstrong is an associate with Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice focuses on white collar matters, product liability, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare, consumer fraud and bad faith, and general business litigation. Tenley currently serves at the Annual Meeting Chair of the Women in Law Committee for DRI and is the President-Elect of the Young Lawyers Board of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Brooke Bacak
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BROOKE BACAK. Brooke Bacak is the Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. Brooke formerly served as U.S. Senator Tom Coburn's Senate Judiciary Committee chief counsel as well as on the staffs of Senators Kyl and Sessions. Before returning to Washington to join Senator Cruz, she was an assistant dean at the University of Alabama School of Law. Brook received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.



David M. Benck
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David Benck is Vice President and General Counsel, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. He received his B.A. in Economics from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. His current title is Vice President and General Counsel for Hibbett Sports, Inc., a publicly-traded Birmingham, AL based retailer with almost 900 retail locations in approximately 30 states. On top of his responsibilities at Hibbett Sports, David holds a number of other roles.

He serves on the International Board of Directors for the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution and as an Arbitrator in Commercial, Employment, and Sport disputes for the American Arbitration Association.

Additionally, David serves on the Ethics, Grievance and Safe Sport Committee for the USA Gymnastics Team where he counsels the organization on matters involving Conflicts of Interest and in disputes regarding qualification, discipline, and doping among others.

Further, David serves on the National Athletics Board of Review for USA Track and Field; as an adjunct law professor at Cumberland School of Law, where he has taught Practicing Law In House since 2008; on the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Alabama; and as an Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States Council for International Business, and the London Court of International Arbitration.

David is a past President of the Alabama chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.



Michael A. Bownes
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Michael Bownes is Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama, and serves as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, and Deputy General Counsel for the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the UA System in October 2004, Mr. Bownes served as General Counsel for the State of Alabama Insurance Department, and as Director of the Attorney General?s Office of Consumer Protection. Mr. Bownes received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from Samford University?s Cumberland Law School.



David R. Boyd
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David R. Boyd is a partner at Balch & Bingham and practices in the Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama offices. Mr. Boyd's practice focuses primarily on business litigation, with experience in employment litigation, high-stakes constitutional and civil rights litigation, and other complex litigation including class actions. He is also principal outside litigation counsel for one of Alabama's flagship public universities. In 2006 Mr. Boyd became the second-ever recipient of the Alabama State Bar's William D. Scruggs Service Award, recognizing career contributions to the profession. He has served for a number of years as Chair of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Boyd received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Alexander B. "Alex" Buchanan
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Alex Buchanan is Counsel at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, where he uses his knowledge of tax-exempt bond transactions and public purpose debt funding to assist in loan transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements of equity and debt securities, and healthcare transactions. Mr. Buchanan is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers; a former Trustee, Executive Committee Member, and Secretary of the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center; a past President of the Exchange Club of Nashville; and a former Board Member of Easter Seals Tennessee, Inc., Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley, and the Vanderbilt Club. Mr. Buchanan earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he served as Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.



Thomas Carter
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THOMAS CARTER. Thomas Carter works as an Associate with Baker Botts, LLP, of Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, Thomas was an Articles Editor for the Alabama Law Review; a member of the Campbell Moot Court Board; a participant with the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team; a scholarship recipient; and President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, where he was awarded a merit scholarship and also a Prize for Excellence in chemical engineering principles. Thomas has prior engineering experience with Southern Company, Birmingham, Alabama, and Tate & Lyle Sucralose of McIntosh, Alabama.



Lee Copeland
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LEE COPELAND. Lee Copeland is a member of the firm Copeland Franco in Montgomery, Alabama. His litigation practice includes products liability, malpractice, and a host of general commercial claims. Prior to joining Copeland Franco, Lee clerked for the Honorable Truman M. Hobbs, Sr., United States District Court, M.D. AL. He is active in local and state level bar activities, including serving as President for the Alabama State Bar, a former member of the Board of Bar Commissioners, Alabama State Bar, and past President of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Lee has been honored with membership in the Alabama Law Foundation and as a Fellow in the American Bar Association, as well as being named as one of the best lawyers in America, and an Alabama Super Lawyer. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Marcel L. Debruge
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Marcel Debruge is a partner at Burr & Forman and Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. He focuses his practice on representing management in all aspects of Labor & Employment law, including litigation before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Marcel's practice ranges from matters related to wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, employment discrimination, and labor relations to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act and litigation of employment contracts and restrictive covenants such as non-compete agreements. Marcel has been a member of Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law Management and Labor Law Management every year since 2006, and is a frequent lecturer on topics related to his practice. Marcel is a 1987 graduate of Louisiana State University and a 1991 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served on the Managing Board of the Alabama Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.



L. Susan Doss
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Susan Doss is a partner with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. Susan represents financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide range of business transactions, focusing especially on commercial lending and other financial transactions while also advising on compliance with state and federal regulatory schemes, particularly in the area of banking law. Recognized as both an Alabama Super Lawyer and as among the Best Lawyers in America, Susan also devotes significant time to charitable activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, in the President's Cabinet at the University of Alabama, as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation, and past Chair of the Farrah Law Alumni Society. Susan received the Marcus Whitman Finance Award and her B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Alabama. She then earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a Hugo Black Scholar, Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award winner and on the Managing Board of the Alabama Law Review, as well as a recipient of Order of the Coif, and the Presidential Scholarship.



Mark L. Drew
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Mark Drew is the Managing Partner of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C. Mark practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, venture capital financings and related corporate activities and transactions where he addresses the needs of both public and private companies. Mark is an active member of the American Bar Association, including past service as a Cabinet member, Director of the Young Lawyers Division, and Liaison to the Business Law Section. Mark's service to the community includes participation in Leadership Birmingham and Alabama; membership on the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University School of Law; membership in the Birmingham Business Alliance, Chairman's Circle, Board of Directors, and Public Policy committee; and service on the Board of Trustees of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Mark is a graduate of Wake Forest University, having received a B.S. in Accounting, and Wake Forest University School of Law, where he received his J.D. cum laude after serving on the Wake Forest Law Review.



Starr Turner Drum
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Starr Turner Drum is an associate at Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Al, practicing in the areas of both general and complex litigation, white-collar defense and cybersecurity. Ms. Drum has served as judicial clerk for the Honorable James E. Graham of the Southern District of Georgia. Ms. Drum received her B.A from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Townes Duncan
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Townes Duncan has been the Managing Partner of Solidus Company, LP since 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Duncan served as Chairman and CEO of Comptronix, an $100 million electronics manufacturing services company; from 1985 to 1993, Mr. Duncan was a partner at Massey Burch, a venture capital firm with $120 million of assets under management; and from 1978 to 1985, Mr. Duncan served as an Associate & Partner at Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, TN. Mr. Duncan has been an active investor in Tennessee since 1985 and focuses his efforts on seed and early-stage companies. Solidus has $75 million in assets under management in private and public equity markets. Mr. Duncan currently serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies, such as J. Alexander's Corporation, New Constructs, and Change:Healthcare, and is a past board member on companies including Bright Horizons, Motricity, Inc, and Information America, Inc. Mr. Duncan is an active participant in community and charitable organizations such as KIPP Academy Nashville, Nashville Public Library Foundation Board, and Leadership Nashville; is a trustee for Ensworth School and has twice served as President of Ensworth's Board. Mr. Duncan earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University.



Vincent "VJ" Graffeo
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V.J. Graffeo practices with the firm Burr & Forman, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. V.J. is an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney and maintains a diverse practice in the area of commercial litigation. He focuses on representing companies and individuals in real property, financial services, employment and shareholder litigation in state and federal courts. V.J. has been recognized as a Rising Star by Alabama Super Lawyers and named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Tripp Haston
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Tripp Haston is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Al. Mr. Haston co-chairs on Bradley Arant's Life Sciences Industry Team handling matters within the region and abroad. Prior to joining Bradley Arant, Mr. Haston clerked for the Honorable Emmett R. Cox of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Haston is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers. Mr. Haston received his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Heath Holden
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HEATH HOLDEN. Heath Holden is a partner at Newell & Holden, LLC. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama and the United States District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama. He focuses his practice on Real Estate matters, Landlord-Tenant Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Collections. Heath is also a trained mediator who first practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama as a contract/staff attorney for the firm of Whatley Drake, LLC. He later returned to Tuscaloosa and joined Herbert M. Newell, III. Heath is a member of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar. He is also involved in the Farrah Law Society, Tuscaloosa BNI, United Way of West Alabama (Young Leaders Society), and The Red Elephant Club of Tuscaloosa. Heath received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Edward A. "Ted" Hosp
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Ted Hosp is a shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Montgomery, Alabama, as a member of the firm?s government affairs group. Mr. Hosp has also served as Legal Advisor to the Governor of Alabama; Adjunct Faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law; Chair of the Alabama State Bar Section on Ethics, Elections and Government Relations Law; law clerk to the Honorable Harold Albritton, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama; and on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Hosp currently serves on the Alabama Access to Justice Commission; he served as the Commission's first Chair from 2007-2011. Mr. Hosp has served on the Board of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program; the Board of the Montgomery Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program; and the Board of the Middle District of Alabama Federal Defenders Program. Mr. Hosp has long served on the Alabama State Bar Committee on Volunteer Lawyer Programs. Mr. Hosp received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.



Marcus M. Maples
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Marcus Maples is a shareholder of Sirote & Permutt, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. He practices in the areas of insurance litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and construction litigation. Marcus has been recognized as a Rising Star by Alabama's Super Lawyers. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section and served as the Co-chair for the Alabama Bar Association's Minority Pre-Law Conference. Marcus has also been involved with the Defense Research Institute, chairing the Diversity Sub Committee and vice-chairing the Public Service Sub Committee, and is also a member of the Farrah Law Society Board of Trustees. Marcus received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Carey McRae
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Carey McRae, a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, represents a broad spectrum of healthcare providers, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in connection with their state and federal regulatory issues as well as certain litigation matters involving regulatory, peer review, and reimbursement issues. In addition to being recognized as Birmingham's 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Cumberland School of Law and the University of Alabama School of Law. Carey received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1988 where he was on the Dean's List and was recognized among the Outstanding College Students of America; his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1992 where he served as Lead Articles Editor of the Alabama Law Review; and his M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997.



Wilson Moore
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Wilson Moore is President of Pritchett-Moore, Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has served as President, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors; President, West Alabama Multiple Listing Service, Inc.; Director, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors; Director and Vice President, Druid Glass Construction, Inc.; and as a member of the Boards of the Bank of Tuscaloosa; the DCH Foundation; and the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Moore received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Mac M. Moorer
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Mac Moorer is a founding partner of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, and served as its managing partner from 1995-2006. He practices in the area of complex commercial litigation, including class actions, securities fraud, professional liability, and real estate. When not advocating for his clients, he is active in Birmingham's civic development, having served as Chair of Operation New Birmingham and as a member of Leadership Birmingham's Class of 2001. Currently, Mac serves as a Trustee of the Birmingham Business Alliance and as a member of the Birmingham Innovation Group. Mac graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1971 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. in 1981 from the University of Alabama School of Law where he received the Hugo Black Scholar Award and was President of its Bench & Bar Honor Society. After graduation, Mac clerked for the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Chief Judge of the Northern District of Alabama.



Kathryn "Katie" Osburne
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KATHRYN (KATIE) OSBURNE. Katie Osburne is Deputy General Counsel, University of Alabama System. Prior to joining the UA system, Ms. Osburne practiced with the firm, Rosen Harwood P.A., Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she specialized in administrative law, litigation and family law. Ms. Osburne has served as a member of the Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Alabama State Bar; Chair, Law School Relations Committee, Alabama State Bar; Member, Alabama Custodial Law Revision Task Force; Member, Executive Committee, Tuscaloosa County Bar Association; Member, 2013 Leadership Tuscaloosa Class; and Member, Junior League of Tuscaloosa's Executive Board. Ms. Osburne received her undergraduate degree and her J.D. from the University of Alabama.



Jessica Powers
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Jessica Powers is an associate with King Simmons, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining King Simmons, Jessica clerked for the Honorable Robert S. Vance, Jr., and worked for Legal Services of Alabama where she began her litigation career representing indigent clients in foreclosure and ejectment actions. She joined a personal injury law firm a couple of years later, and has been representing those who have been injured or taken advantage of for the past several years. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama.



Emily K. Price
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Emily Price is Of Counsel with the firm Price Armstrong LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. She has experience in construction disputes, securities fraud cases, and First Amendment litigation. Prior to joining Price Armstrong, Emily served as law clerk for the Honorable Abdul Kallon of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Oscar M. Price, IV
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Oscar M. Price IV is co-founder of the firm Price Armstrong, LLC, where he represents a wide variety of individuals and small businesses in personal injury and business disputes, with particular expertise in the area of class actions. An Alabama Super Lawyer and B-Metro magazine Birmingham Rising Star, Oscar also is an active contributor to the community through his attendance at Cathedral Church of the Advent and service on numerous Boards of Directors. Oscar received both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and JASONS honor society as an undergraduate and a Senior Editor of the Alabama Law Review while in law school.



Frances King Quick
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Frances Quick is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. She practices in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. Prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Ms. Quick practiced with another Birmingham firm, and was law clerk to the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Jr. She has served as past Chair of the Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, and on the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama School of Law Foundation. Ms. Quick has been honored as an AV Preeminent Women Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney; named in The Best Lawyers of America, Alabama Super Lawyers, and Birmingham Business Journal's Best of Bar; and chosen as Birmingham Magazine's Top ERISA Lawyer in 2011. She also received the Burton Barnes III 2012 Public Service Award. Ms. Quick earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Richard J.R. "Rich" Raleigh, Jr.
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Rich Raleigh is managing shareholder of the firm, Wilmer & Lee, P.A., in the firm?s Huntsville, Alabama office. Prior to joining Wilmer & Lee, Mr. Raleigh served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General?s Corp and was stationed in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Macedonia. In 2014-2015 Mr. Raleigh serves as President, Alabama State Bar. He has also served as a Bar Commissioner, Alabama State Bar; Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation; and Chair, Board of Directors, Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program. Mr. Raleigh received his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from the University of Alabama.



Casey Reynolds
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CASEY REYNOLDS. Casey Reynolds is an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office (Texas). She received her undergraduate degree from St. John's College and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.



Edward Sledge
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Edward S. Sledge, IV, formerly of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, is a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Ed has an extensive general litigation practice, representing businesses in commercial, class action, financial services and intellectual property litigation, as well as in personal injury and product liability matters. When not advancing his clients' interests, Ed serves as the Chair of the Alabama State Bar's Leadership Forum Section, the Chair of the Alabama State Bar's Service Members and Veterans Support Task Force and the Chair of the IADC's Business Litigation Committee. Ed received his B.S. in 1995 from the United States Military Academy, where he received the Superintendent's Award, and his J.D. in 2003 from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a Senior Editor on the Alabama Law Review, winner of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition, a member of the Moot Court Board, and the Jessup International Moot Court Team, as well as a member Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and justice on the Honor Court. Ed is a member of the Order of Barristers. Prior to law school, Ed served with the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia as an armor platoon leader, infantry mortar platoon leader, assistant battalion operations officer and battalion logistics officer.



Elizabeth Walker
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Major Elizabeth Walker serves as a Special Victim Prosecutor in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps where her practice focuses exclusively as a prosecutor of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child physical abuse cases. Over the course of her career in the JAG Corp she has worked as a Government Appellate Attorney, Officer-in-Charge and Trial Defense Counsel, Trial Counsel, and an Administrative Law Attorney and Ethics Counselor. Prior to entering military service Major Walker was in private practice in Massachusetts at a boutique law firm. Major Walker received her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her J.D. from Vermont Law School, and her LL.M from The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School.