Walker to be first Black female bencher

Tanya Walker
Tanya Walker

Former Camera columnist Tanya Walker is set to become the first Black woman Toronto bencher in the Law Society’s 219-year history.

With roots in Jamaica, Walker, founder of Walker Law Professional Corporation, who was called to the bar in 2006, is expected to become a bencher this June when the current treasurer’s term ends.

The often-honoured lawyer is the recent recipient of the Precedent Setter Award 2016 and was also given the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers Law Practice Award 2015.

In 2014, Walker was presented with the Ambassador for Peace Honour by the Universal Peace Federation and the Women’s Federation for World Peace. She was also the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Award from the Black Business and Professional Association.

In 2010 and 2012, Walker was featured on the official Black History Month posters entitled The Next Generation and It Takes Village to Raise a Child. The posters were displayed throughout public buildings and officers throughout Canada.

Her firm’s position is that no one wants to be involved in a lawsuit. “We try to avoid lawsuits by helping you settle your case.” However, when a settlement is not possible they would like you to contact them after you receive a lawsuit.

“We protect your interests by assessing your needs from the very beginning to create cost-effective strategies.”

Her community involvement includes the board of directors of Osgoode Hall Law School Association, Advocates Society, Canadian of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs.