State Bar Immediate Past President Gib Walton was awarded the 2009 Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League on March 31. Founded in 1913, the ADL is the country’s premier human relations and civil rights organization. Walton’s leadership is indicative of this mission, ensuring that minorities have a voice and hold leadership positions that really matter and placing a strong emphasis on protecting the rule of law in society.

Upon accepting the award, Walton thanked his mentors, family, and close friends. He attributes his efforts to his father, Dan Walton who helped to increase diversity on juries when he served as Harris County District Attorney and district judge.

More than $200,000 was raised for the ADL by sponsorships and ticket sales purchased by those honoring Walton at the awards luncheon.