Each month the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office highlights one of our standout prosecutors. This month we would like to introduce you to Assistant District Attorney Louis Walker! The Fairhope native graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Social Science in 2003, and a J.D. from FSU College of Law in 2006. Prior to working for the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office, he worked as a trial court staff attorney for Circuit Judges in Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit and Florida’s First Judicial Circuit. Louis started with MCDA in 2019 and has been a wonderful addition ever since! When he is not at the office he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two amazing daughters! We asked Loius a few questions to get to know him better!
What are hobbies, sports, or pastimes that you enjoy?
I enjoy playing the piano, golf, and video games. I also enjoy listening to audiobooks. My wife and I both enjoy acting in community theater productions as well.
Has there been anyone who has influenced you personally or professionally?
I’ve had many people inspire me. One is a legendary Florida prosecutor named Raymond L. Marky. I never got to meet Mr. Marky, but I did read some of his emailed “legal updates” when I was an intern with the State Attorney’s Office in Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit. When I first started my law career I heard stories about Mr. Marky’s legal mind, and I knew he was the sort of lawyer I wanted to try to emulate.
Why did you choose to become a prosecutor for MCDA?
I chose to become a prosecutor because of a desire to serve the public interest. I am grateful for my career with MCDA where I know I can work to do the right thing every day.
If you could pick one thing to change within our legal system what would it be?
If I could change one thing about our legal system? That is difficult. How about two things? First, I wish Alabama had “truth in sentencing” laws like other jurisdictions. For example, if a defendant had to serve at least 85% of his or her sentence, that would give more concrete guidance to crime victims as to what an imposed sentence actually means. Second, I wish that the court system, and all of the stakeholders in the criminal justice system, had additional resources so that criminal cases could be resolved more quickly.
How do you balance your personal and professional life?
Balancing a personal life with a professional career is not easy. A minister is never not a minister, a doctor is never not a doctor, and a lawyer is never not a lawyer. However, my family helps me enjoy my time away the office, and I have several hobbies that help me turn off “work mode” at least for a while.