What does it mean to be a Southernite?
Hold fast to dreams. For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes
Tavares A. Walker currently serves as the Associate General Counsel and System Executive Director for Compliance & Ethics with the Southern University and A&M College System. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law with the Southern University Law Center. Formerly as a reservist, Tavares was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Louisiana Army National Guard, Judge Advocate General Corps with service as the Rear Detachment Command Judge Advocate for the 225th Engineer Brigade.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 2005 from Louisiana State University and A&M College. He later earned a Juris Doctor in May 2008 from the Southern University Law Center. He has been admitted to practice law since October 2008.
He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, American Inns of Court, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, National Bar Association, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. He is a member of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society of Greater Baton Rouge, the National Association of Law Career Professionals, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He was a member of the 2014-2015 Leadership Class of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Tavares was an administrator at Southern University Law Center for 7 years, serving as a Director and Title IX Coordinator. Prior to his university service, Tavares was a staff attorney with Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, where he practiced family law. Walker has worked on the legal staff of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the 17th Judicial District Court Indigent Defender’s Office.
Tavares is a native of Donaldsonville, Louisiana and currently resides in Baton Rouge.