Williamson County’s most senior judge has been named a judge of the state supreme court, a milestone for the county and for the state.
The state supreme Court is the first court in the US to appoint a sitting justice to the highest court in an election year.
Williamson County Judge Robert J. Parker was sworn in at a courthouse in Columbia, North Carolina, on Thursday, February 12, 2021.
Williamson Circuit Court Judge David A. Williams is nominated for a federal judgeship by President Donald Trump.
Parker is a graduate of Williamson College, where he was a student judge and an assistant dean of students.
He earned his undergraduate degree in constitutional law from the University of Virginia in 2010.
His career included serving on the Williamson County District Court, the westernmost court in North Carolina.
Parker was a partner in the firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP from 2009 to 2012.
He served as a state district judge in North Carolinians’ Court, serving from 2014 to 2016.
He is a native of Willson County, the third-largest county in North America, with more than 2.5 million residents.
He was appointed to the state Supreme Court by Republican Gov.
Pat McCrory in July 2017.
McCrory named Parker a special prosecutor for the criminal case involving the death of Cecil Rich, the fugitive fugitive accused of selling millions of dollars worth of Democratic Party campaign donations in the 1990s.
Parkers nomination was first reported by the North Carolina Journal newspaper.
According to the paper, Parker was nominated in a closed-door session by a special counsel, who said Parker had been nominated “because the state has the ability to make a recommendation to the president, in consultation with the attorney general and his staff, that the person is fit to be a federal judge.”
The North Carolina NAACP said in a statement that the appointment was “a significant step for justice in North Dakota, where the courts are now able to be more responsive to our community’s needs, especially our justice system.”
In a statement, Willamson County NAACP President Mark J. Stetson said, “I am deeply honored to be the first judge in the history of Willams County to be nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Willamson was the first American Indian tribe to receive a federal district judge position, the highest judicial post in the nation, and the third American Indian-American judge to serve on the bench.
The NAACP said the move to nominate Parker a judge was “another important step forward for the preservation of Native American justice.”