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Judge Profile:

Chief Judge Bradley C. Walker


Blue Earth County

Blue Earth County Courthouse
Phone: (507) 304-4650

Education:

J.D. 1973, University of Minnesota Law School
B.A. 1970, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota State Bar Association, 1973, ID#113839
Federal District (Minnesota), 1978
Military Court of Appeals, 1974
Court of Military Review, 1974

Experience:

Fifth Judicial District Judge –  Appointed July 15, 1998.  Elected in 2000, 2006, and 2012.  Term expires Jan. 2019.

Private law practice, Mankato, Minnesota, 1977-1998

U.S. Marine Corps, 1973-1977 (Active Duty-Honorable Discharge)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 6th District Bar Association (Past-President)
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Association of City Attorneys
  • National Institute of Municipal Law (NIMLO)
  • Volunteer Attorney Program, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.
  • Domestic Abuse Task Force of Blue Earth County
  • Nicollet County Family Violence Coordinating Council
  • Waseca County Domestic Violence Team
  • Implementation Committee, Racial Bias Task Force for the Fifth Judicial District
  • Lawyers Referral Panel for the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Blue Earth County Advisory Council
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Diversity Issues Committee
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Public Utilities Committee
  • Sixth District Association Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Selected by Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges to participate in 1996 Strategic Planning-Mental Health Focus Group
  • Sixth Judicial District Committee to review Court scheduling issues
  • Blue Earth County Coordinating Council
  • Minnesota District Judge’s Association Board Member
  • Minnesota Court Information System Validation Committee

Significant Community and Professional Involvements:

Current-

Served in all offices of the Sixth District Bar Association
Member, Sixth District Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee
Officer, Mankato Chapter of the Marine Corps League
Chairman, Toys for Tots Distribution Committee-Marine Corps Reserve Mankato Area
Volunteer attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Past-

Chairman, Attorney’s Division of the United Way
Volunteer Judge and Coach, Minnesota Mock Trial Competition
Instructor, Mankato State University ROCT for courses in military science
Board member, Mankato Association of Retarded Citizens
Board member, Lake Crystal American Legion Post
Board member, Marine Corps Reserve Officer’s Association
Marine Corps League-Mankato Chapter (Adjutant)
Vietnam Veterans of Southern Minnesota
South Central Technical College Foundation (Director, Executive Committee, and Treasurer, 1993-1995)
Old Fashioned Independence Day Committee
Governor’s Veterans’ Appreciation Celebration Committee, 1991
Sixth District Bar Association Delegate, Minnesota State Bar Association Convention
Volunteer lecturer, Community Services Department of Mankato School District #77
Volunteer lecturer, Lake Crystal Public School District for civics/political science courses
Volunteer lecturer, Lake Crystal Community Education Department
Participant, Twin Valley Girl Scouts Council Career Day
Chairman, Mankato West High School Graduation Committee
Consulting Attorney, Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America
Volunteer Attorney, Habitat for Humanity
Member, Governor's Professional Sports Franchise Task Force
Participant, Blandin Foundation Community Leadership Program 

Military Experience:

Retired at the rank of Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  Served four years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps and held various billets, including Chief Trial Counsel, Defense Counsel, Review Officer, Base Legal Assistance Officer, Base Contracts Officer and Base Insurance Officer. 

Attended the Military Judge’s Certification Course. 

Active in the Marine Corps Reserve since discharge from active duty in June 1977-

  • Site Judge Advocate
  • Marine Corps–Navy Liaison Officer for six-state area in the upper Midwest
  • Commanding Officer of a 700-man wing Support Squadron called to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm
  • Received Personal, Unit, and Leadership awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and the General Christian Schilt Award.

Maintained a top secret security clearance

Received additional leadership training at Marine Officers Basic School

Landing Force Planning Courses in Norfolk, Virginia

Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia

Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia

Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island

Military Law Reserve Refresher Course, graduating with honors as the highest ranking Marine Corps Officer

Attended and successfully completed the Senior Officers Reserve Components National Security Course in 1995, and the Expeditionary Warfare Training Course for senior officers in 1996

Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Reserve Unit MN-01. 

Boards and Tribunals:

Minnesota State Gambling Control Board
Worker’s Compensation Appeals Hearings
Social Security Administration Hearings
Unemployment Compensation Hearings
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Veterans Administration Appeal
Municipal Planning Commissions
City Councils
Board of Equalization
Board of Review
Truth in Taxation Hearings
School District Board of Education
Administrative Discharge Boards (USMC)