President Obama to Nominate Geneseo Graduate to Federal District Judgeship

GENESEO, N.Y. – President Barack Obama plans to nominate SUNY Geneseo graduate Jennifer Prescod May-Parker to fill a long-standing U.S. District Court judge vacancy in North Carolina's Eastern District.

May-Parker, currently chief of the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in that district, would become the first African-American U.S District Court judge in the 44-county region of North Carolina that spans from Raleigh to the coast. She would be one of two sitting black federal judges in the state.

May-Parker graduated from Geneseo in 1988 as a philosophy major and went on to earn her law degree at the University at Buffalo in 1991. She began her career by serving as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1991-98.

Federal district judges are appointed by the president after confirmation by the U.S. Senate and they receive lifetime terms.

May-Parker and her husband, Claudius May-Parker, a 1989 Geneseo graduate, established the May-Parker Academic Achievement Annual Scholarship at Geneseo in 2005, available to an Educational Opportunity Program student with an interest in law or physical therapy.

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