Barrington D. Parker, Jr., was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President George W. Bush in October 2001. At the time of his appoint- ment, he was a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York having been appointed to that Court by President Clinton. Judge Parker was President Bush’s first judicial nominee.
Parker was born in Washington, D.C. in 1944 into a family that includes four generations of lawyers as well as educators and clergy. His father Barrington Parker (Chicago, J.D. 1947) was a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He was appointed by President Nixon in 1970 and served until 1992. His mother Marjorie Parker (Chicago Ph.D, 1951) was a college professor. His grandfather George A. Parker practiced law in the District of Columbia for many years. He was the founder and Dean of the Robert H. Terrell Law School a night law school for African American students. Dean Parker’s clients included W.E.B. Dubois and Paul Robeson.
After attending public schools in Washington, D.C., Judge Parker graduated from Yale College (A.B. 1965) and Yale Law School (J.D. 1969). He served as law clerk for the Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He was an associate at Sullivan and Cromwell and in 1977 founded Parker Auspitz Neesemann and Delehanty. In 1987 Parker Auspitz merged with Morrison and Foerster and Parker was a partner there until his appointment to the Southern District. He argued cases in numerous courts of appeal. On a pro bono basis he briefed and argued cases in the United States Supreme Court both by certiorari and by special appointment by that Court.
Throughout his professional and judicial career he has been heavily involved in community and educational activities. From 1999 until 2011 he was a Successor Trustee of Yale University (Fellow of the Yale Corporation). For many years he served as President of the Harlem School for the Arts and as Vice President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He was an original trustee of the Central Park Conservancy and a member of the Board of Directors of the Yale New Haven Hospital.
He was the recipient of the Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence of the Federal Bar Council in 2013.
Judge Parker is married to Anne D. Connelly. His previous wife of 33 years, Toni Trent, died in 2005. He and Anne are parents to three children born to Toni: Christine, Kathleen and Jennifer. They are parents to two children born to Anne and Michael (died 2007): Jennifer and Meredith. They have seven grandchildren.