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Robert L. True
June 3, 1926–March 12, 2012
James L. Walker
James Lanier (Rocky) Walker was born August 20, 1944, in Bradenton, Florida, to Clifford Walker and Dorothy Hefner Walker. He died on Sunday, March 18, 2012, after a four-year battle with cancer. Rocky is survived by his wife, Jacki Etheridge Walker; son, Christopher Walker of Independence, Kansas, and his children, Jesse Walker, Christina Walker, and Caitlin Walker; daughter, Angela Walker Murphy (husband Noel Murphy) and her daughter, Arah Murphy; daughter, Claire Walker of Santa Fe, New Mexico; brother, Ralph C. Walker; and many extended family members.
Rocky was raised in Sarasota, Florida. He was a lifelong Eagle Scout. After high school, he received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in North Carolina. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee, where he distinguished himself by serving as Associate Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and by his induction into the prestigious Order of the Coif. Rocky served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army, and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Rocky practiced law for thirty-seven years as a commercial and personal injury litigation defense lawyer. For the past nineteen years, Rocky was a partner with the law firm of Jackson Walker in San Antonio, where he was head of the litigation section for all of the Jackson Walker offices. Rocky was licensed to practice law in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico, as well as numerous federal district and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last fall, Rocky was honored with the Association of Corporate Counsel—South/Central Texas Chapter’s Ethical Life Award, indicative of the high esteem and respect he earned from his colleagues. Rocky was a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, of which he was past president. He was a frequent seminar chair and speaker on the ethical practice of law. In addition, Rocky served as chair of the State Bar of Texas District Four Grievance Committee and was a member of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. He chaired the board of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program in San Antonio, and he served on the Board of Trustees for the South Central Texas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Rocky recently became a senior partner with Jackson Walker. He and Jacki moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in December 2011 to begin a new chapter in their lives together.
Rocky was proud of his many accomplishments in the legal profession, but he was most proud of his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and his many friends. He was a devoted Christian and a committed member of Christ Episcopal Church. He loved to be outdoors, whether hiking the Grand Canyon (after several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation) or gardening, and he loved baseball. He had a passion for the peace and tranquility of fly fishing in the clear waters of beautiful rivers, which was a reflection of the way he lived his life—calmly, methodically, and serenely—appreciating the beauty and serenity of all around him, which gave him the ultimate grace for which he was known by all.
Rocky’s family and friends will deeply miss his kindness, compassion, and humility, as well as his dry, clever sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Team in Training, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, National Parks Conservation Association, ARC of Texas, or Christ Episcopal Church, or to the charity of one’s choice.
—Submitted by Brenda L. Haby
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