Robert Manley Parker

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Robert Manley Parker
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
In office
June 16, 1994 – November 1, 2002
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Samuel D. Johnson, Jr.
Succeeded by Edward C. Prado
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
In office
February 1990 – June 17, 1994
Preceded by William Wayne Justice
Succeeded by Richard A. Schell
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
In office
April 26, 1979 – June 17, 1994
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded by Thad Heartfield
Personal details
Born Robert Manley Parker
(1937-10-19) October 19, 1937 (age 79)
Longview, Texas
Education Kilgore College
United States Naval Academy
East Texas Baptist University
Abilene Christian University
University of Texas at Austin B.B.A.
University of Texas School of Law LL.B.

Robert Manley Parker (born October 19, 1937) is a retired United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Longview, Texas, Parker grew up in Hallsville, Texas and was named class president of his class at Hallsville High School.[1]

After high school, Parker entered Kilgore College before entering the United States Naval Academy. He returned to Texas in 1958, got married and began taking classes part-time at East Texas Baptist University and Abilene Christian University.[1]

Parker earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1961 from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law in 1964.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Parker worked in private legal practice in Gilmer, Texas from 1964 until 1965, and then in his native Longview in 1965. From 1965 until 1966, he worked as an administrative assistant to United States Representative Ray Roberts. He then worked in private law practice in Longview from 1966 until 1971, in private legal practice in Fort Worth from 1971 until 1972, and back in Longview as a partner in the firm Nichols & Parker from 1972 until joining the federal bench in 1979.[2]

Federal Judicial Service and Private Practice[edit]

Parker was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on February 6, 1979, to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 24, 1979, and received commission on April 26, 1979. He served as Chief Judge, from 1990 to 1994. His service terminated on June 17, 1994, due to elevation to the Fifth Circuit.[2]

Parker was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 27, 1994, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated by Judge Samuel D. Johnson, Jr. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 15, 1994, and received commission on June 16, 1994. His service terminated on November 1, 2002, due to retirement.[2]

After his retirement from the federal bench, Parker returned to private practice. In 2002 he formed the law firm of Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth in Tyler, Texas, specializing in patent litigation, business litigation and arbitration. He also serves as a Trustee for the Haliburton Asbestos Trust.[3]

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Preceded by
Samuel D. Johnson, Jr.
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1994–2002
Succeeded by
Edward C. Prado
Preceded by
William Wayne Justice
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
1990–1994
Succeeded by
Richard A. Schell
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
1979–1994
Succeeded by
Thad Heartfield