State Bar Mourns Loss Of Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker


The State Bar of New Mexico is saddened to hear of the passing of United States District Judge James A.  Parker on Sept. 16, 2022 at the age of 85. Upon learning of his passing, State Bar of New Mexico  

President Carolyn A. Wolf was quoted as saying, “He was a brilliant jurist and courteous to all who  appeared before him.” 

As quoted from the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, “Judge Parker will be  remembered for his public service within the judiciary, both on the bench handling complex cases and  behind the scenes serving on national and local committees. He served on the U.S. Judicial Conference  Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedures, the Federal Judicial Center Board of Directors,  and the Board of the Federal Judges Association. He was a member of the American Board of Trial  Advocates, the New Mexico and Albuquerque Bar Associations, and the American Judicature Society. He  was a proponent of using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in appropriate cases and was proud of  the District of New Mexico’s effective ADR program, crediting the “finest U.S. Magistrate Judges in the  nation” with its success. Judge Parker was also a mentor to judges, lawyers, and court personnel and  those of us who were privileged to know and work with Judge Parker will always be indebted to him for  his inspirational guidance and leadership.” 

The State Bar of New Mexico would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family.