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Barrington Daniels Parker Jr

Barrington Daniels Parker Jr

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit New York, New York

Born: Washington, D.C.-August 21, 1944.
Education: Yale College (B.A. 1965); Yale Law School (LL.B. 1969).
Judge Barrington Daniels Parker, Jr. was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Clinton. He was appointed on September 19, 1994. He was elevated to the Second Circuit in 2001.

Judge Parker was born in Washington, D.C. to Marjorie Hollman Parker and Barrington Daniels Parker, Sr. Judge Parker's mother was, for many years, a professor in the D.C. public schools. She is a scholar and author who has held a variety of civic and charitable positions. His father was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by President Nixon on December 19, 1969. He sat on that Court until shortly before his death in 1992. Judge Parker is married to Toni Trent Parker and has three daughters. Mrs. Parker runs Black Books Galore, a firm that promotes African-American Children's books. Judge Parker comes from a family with a long and distinguished background in the law. Before becoming a judge, his father, Barrington Sr., practiced at his father's, George A. Parker's, law firm. George Parker founded the Robert H. Terrell School of Law in 1931, which until 1951, was a night school for African-American law students. Barrington Sr. and Barrington Jr. are the first African-American father and son appointed to the Federal Judiciary.

Prior to assuming the Bench, Judge Parker was a partner with Morrison & Foerster. He practiced general commercial litigation in New York City for approximately 23 years. From August 1969 to August 1970, Judge Parker was a law clerk to the Honorable Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Washington, D.C. From 1977 to 1987, he was a partner with Parker Auspitz Neesemann & Delehanty, P.C., and from 1970 to 1977, Parker was associated with Sullivan & Cromwell.

During his years in practice, Judge Parker was involved in a variety of professional and civic activities. For a number of years he was the President of the Board of The Harlem School of the Arts as well as Vice-President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He was, and continues to be, a member of the Boards of Directors of the New School for Social Research; St. Paul's School; the Governance Institute, and the South Africa Legal Services and Legal Education Project, Inc. He is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the Vice President of the Bar Association of the City of New York.

Judge Parker's former activities include membership on the Executive Committee and serving as Chairperson of the Institutional Policy Committee for the New School for Social Research. He has also served on various committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York-the Nominating Committee, the Executive Committee, the Judiciary Committee and Committee on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession. From 1984 to 1994, he was a Trustee for the Federal Bar Council. From 1977 to 1985, Judge Parker served on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Service. From 1980 to 1988, he was on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association. He is a Successor Trustee and member of the Yale Corporation.

He has also been active in numerous academic and community organizations. During the period 1979 to 1982, he served on the Executive Committee (ex-officio) of Yale Law School Association and the Board of Directors of the Yale Alumni Fund. In 1980, Judge Parker was appointed to the Mayor's Commission to Investigate the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He was also on The Governor's Ad Hoc Task Force on Aids in the Prisons 1988. Additionally, from 1985 to 1991, Judge Parker served on the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights.

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