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Claude Walker ’93 has another title on his already-impressive resume: Acting Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
During his introductory press conference on Aug. 5, Walker vowed to crack down on violent and white-collar crimes. "It is in all of our interest to have an attorney general's office that properly functions and that carries out its mission," he said.
"I am familiar with the burden and responsibility,” added Walker, who was nominated by U.S.V.I. Governor Kenneth Mapp.
Less than two weeks later, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ new chief prosecutor announced the arrests of ex-Gov. John deJongh and former Public Finance Authority director Julito Francis on embezzlement charges.
Walker joined the Department of Justice’s Solicitor General Division after graduating from Albany Law. Since then, he’s had stints with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Office of Enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Some of Walker’s cases have involved the FBI, U.S. Customs and U.S. Secret Service, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News.
At Albany Law School, Walker was a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).