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The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Circuit Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Hamburger
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Did The Best I Could With What I Had.

Birthplace

Born:
8/21/1944
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Circuit Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Hamburger
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Did The Best I Could With What I Had.

Birthplace

Born:
8/21/1944
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. was born on August 21, 1944 in Washington, D.C. to Federal Judge Barrington D. Parker, Sr. and Marjorie Holloman Parker, board chair of the University of the District of Columbia. Parker graduated from McKinley Technical High School, and earned his B.A. degree in history from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in 1965. He then received his LL.B. degree from Yale Law School in 1969.

Parker began his legal career as a clerk for Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., an African American judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He joined the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City as an associate in 1970, where he specialized in general commercial litigation. In 1977, Parker and three other partners founded the law firm of Parker, Auspitz, Neesemann, & Delehanty, P.C. which, in 1987, merged with Morrison & Foerster, an international law firm based out of San Francisco, California. In 1994, Parker was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Bill Clinton. His cases in the district court included Trinity United Methodist Parish v. Board of Education of Newburgh, where he upheld a church’s right to rent space within a public school, and the trial of businessman Albert J. Pirro, Jr., who was indicted for conspiracy and tax evasion. In 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Parker to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Senate confirmed him 100-0. On the circuit court, he was involved in several prominent cases involving the rights of terrorism suspects, including Rumsfeld v. Padilla, where Parker ruled that Al Qaeda suspect Jose Padilla must be offered habeas corpus as an American citizen, and Arar v. Ashcroft, where Parker wrote a dissenting opinion stating that Maher Arar’s rights had been violated by the Bush administration’s policy of extraordinary rendition. Parker assumed senior status in 2009.

Parker served on the board of trustees for the Yale Corporation, and on the board of The Harlem School of the Arts, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Central Park Conservancy.

Parker has three children: Christine, Kathleen, and Jennifer.

Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 5, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. describe his paternal grandfather's role at the Robert H. Terrell Law School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. describes his mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers his community in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his family dinners and holidays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers visiting the Smithsonian Institution
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. describes his schooling in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls the desegregation of public accommodations in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers the integration of McKinley Technical High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. talks about his teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers his favorite academic subjects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his mother's community involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his decision to attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. describes his transition to Yale University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers his friends and mentors at Yale University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers studying history at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers his paternal grandfather's legal representation of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers William Sloane Coffin's civil rights activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers the civil rights activity at Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers the Freedom Rides, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers the Freedom Rides, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his decision to pursue a career in law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his internship with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his encounters with the Ku Klux Klan during the Freedom Rides
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls working as a freshman proctor at Yale University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his concerns about the draft during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his clerkship with Judge Aubrey Eugene Robinson, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers joining Sullivan and Cromwell LLP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers founding Parker, Auspitz, Neesemann and Delehanty, P.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. talks about his family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. talks about his family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. talks about his board service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. talks about his work with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. talks about the Central Park Conservancy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls his decision to pursue a judicial appointment
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. remembers joining the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. recalls the cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. describes the duties of a district judge
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. describes his wife's work