James Benton Parsons

Personal

Birthday: 
8/13/1911
Birthplace: 
Kansas City, MO
Date of Death: 
6/19/1993
Place of Death: 
Chicago, IL
Race or Ethnicity: 
African American
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942-1945
Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1949-1951
Assistant corporation counsel, Chicago, Illinois, 1949-1951
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1951-1960
Judge, Superior Court of Cook County [Illinois], 1960-1961

Education

Name of School: 
Millikin University
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1934
Name of School - Second: 
University of Chicago
Degree - Second: 
M.A.
Degree Year - Second: 
1946
Name of School - Third: 

University of Chicago Law School

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America 's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. Learning is participatory. Chicago does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, our faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students' abilities to choose their own paths.

Degree - Third: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Third: 
1949

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Court Name: 

Illinois Northern District Court

President Nominating: 
John F. Kennedy
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
8/30/1961
Retirement from Active Service: 
8/30/1981
Termination Date: 
6/19/1993
Termination Reason: 
Death
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