Clay Walker was born in Shreveport in 1971. Graduating from Lewis & Clark College of Portland, Oregon in 1993 and Northeastern University School of Law of Boston, Massachusetts in 1998, he returned to Shreveport to practice law.
Clay has been an adjunct professor at Centenary College in Shreveport, teaching a course in juvenile delinquency, and has worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center on its Juvenile Justice Initiative. He has worked for more than 20 years with children in Juvenile Court. He represented the youngest member of the “Jena 6.”
Clay was the recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award in 2006, the Volunteers for Youth Justice “Shining Star” award in 2007, the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 in 2008, the National Juvenile Justice Network Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform and the Catherine LaFleur Legal Advocacy for Children in Louisiana Award in 2010, the Professor Lucy McGough Juvenile Justice Award in 2012, and the Don E. Wydra Award for work in Juvenile Delinquency in 2017.
In 2008, Clay was appointed as the Director of Juvenile Defender Services for the State Public Defender Board and supervised all juvenile defenders in Louisiana’s sixty-four parishes.
In 2011, Clay was hired as the Director of Juvenile Services in Caddo Parish. In that capacity he oversees 85 employees who run the Parish Juvenile Detention Center as well as the Probation Services for Caddo Juvenile Court.
He lives in Shreveport with his wife, Sherry, and two children, Zoe and Alexander, ages 17 and 13.