Posted: June 23rd, 2010 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Professor Wilson Parker has been selected by the third-year class to be honored with the Wake Forest University School of Law Student Bar Association’s Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award.
Parker is an expert teacher and scholar in the area of constitutional law. He is a primary author, with Wake Forest law professor Michael Curtis, of “Constitutional Law in Context,” a constitutional law casebook that is in its third edition. His current research interest concerns constitutional history and federal-state relations, and he is currently developing a new course on “The Great Justices of the United States Supreme Court.” Parker is also the director of the law school’s summer program in England. He has recently published a book, “Ignorance Is No Defense: A College Student’s Guide to North Carolina Law,” with J.Tom Morgan.
Prior to joining the faculty in 1981, Parker was a trial lawyer in private practice in North Carolina, litigating employment, civil rights and civil liberties cases. He spent Spring Semester 1997, as a Scholar in Residence at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. He served as Chairman of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice for several years and has been on the Board of the North Carolina Center for Death Penalty Litigation.
Neubia Williams (’10) says one of the reasons her class chose Professor Parker for the annual teaching award was because he understands, and he encourages his students to understand, that “life doesn’t care what kind of grades you made, how great of a lawyer you become or how much money you make. What matters is how we treat each other.”
Nora Wolf (’10) adds: “Professor Parker is undeniably dedicated to ensuring that, as students, we do not just learn about the law, but also we are engaged with the law. Through movie nights, ridiculous hypotheticals and the development of new courses, students look forward to going to his classes. But, above all, he cares about his students as individuals, and looks for opportunities to bring us together as a community. And, if you are lucky, he will take a group to Bell Brothers Cafeteria for dinner. The 3Ls of SBA were pleased to award Professor Parker with this wonderful distinction.”