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James F. Parker received his undergraduate degree in political science with a concentration in public administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee in 2012. During his final semester, he served as legislative intern and aid to Chairwoman Mae Beavers and the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 107th Tennessee General Assembly. In 2015, he graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the J. Hardin and Heather Marion Scholarship. During law school, he spent a summer as a judicial intern for Chief Justice Gary Wade of the Tennessee Supreme Court and an entire academic year as a law clerk-extern for Senior Justice Lawrence Koontz of the Virginia Supreme Court. He was a finalist in the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition, a regional semi-finalist in the National Moot Court Competition, a regional champion of the American Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Competition, and the notes editor for the Washington and Lee Journal on Civil Rights and Social Justice. Before joining Hodges, Doughty & Carson as an associate in 2017, he served as a judicial law clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee where he spent a portion of his two year appointment as a chambers law clerk for Chief District Judge Thomas A. Varlan and the remainder working on civil rights and post-conviction litigation for all eight active and senior status district judges.
James enjoys spending time with family, his girlfriend, and their dogs. An Eagle Scout, his favorite activities include sailing, swimming, hiking, and relaxing at the Parker family cabin.
- US District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
- U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, JD, Magna Cum Laude – 2015
- Recipient of J. Hardin and Heather Marion Scholarships
- Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Notes Editor
- University of Tennessee, BS, Magna Cum Laude, 2012
Honors and Awards
- John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition, Finalist
- American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Regional Champion
- National Moot Court Competition, Regional Semi-Finalist
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Knoxville Bar Association
- Revival of Substantive Equity: Increased Household Risk, Safety Valve Litigation and Availability of the ERISA Stock Drop Jury, 21 Wash. & Lee J. Civ. Rts. & Soc. Just. 425 (2015).
Past Employment Position
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Judicial Clerk, 2015-2017