Dr. Walter Sutton to Receive MLK Justice Award From Dallas Bar Association
Dr. Walter Sutton, Associate General Counsel - Legal Administration and External Relations at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., will be honored by the Dallas Bar Association at the 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon as the recipient of the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award at a noon luncheon on Monday, January 16, at The Belo Mansion (2101 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas). The event is open to the public.
The award is presented to local leaders whose lives and practice exemplifies the principles embodied by Dr. King’s leadership. Former recipients include the late Hon. Barefoot Sanders, Senator Royce West, Mayor Ron Kirk, Kim Askew, Commissioner John Wiley Price, Rhonda Hunter, E. Leon Carter and Justice Carolyn Wright.
“Walter Sutton is a role model to many. He has mentored young attorneys not only through his words, but by his actions. Dr. Sutton has been at the front lines of promoting inclusion in our profession for decades,” said Paul K. Stafford, DBA’s 2012 president.
Dr. Sutton’s contributions to the community and legal profession are many. While Dr. Sutton was in Dallas, he was appointed by Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett to serve as the first African-American to head the Environmental Health Advisory Committee. He was also Chair of the Environmental Law Section for the Dallas Bar Association, was President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association and served as President of the National Bar Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.
The MLK award luncheon is open to the public; the plated lunch costs $12.76. RSVPs are required. Contact BAvina@dallasbar.org.
The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 10,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at www.dallasbar.org.