Katharine Parker
Katharine Parker (Courtesy of Proskauer Rose)

The Southern District is about to welcome its newest magistrate judge.

Katharine Parker, a partner in Proskauer Rose’s labor and employment department, was appointed to a term of eight years by the district’s Board of Judges. She will serve on the bench at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse at 500 Pearl St.

Parker, 49, is a Duke University graduate who received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1992 and clerked for Judge Warren W. Eginton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

While at Proskauer, Parker chaired firm practice groups in employment law counseling and training, government regulatory relations and affirmative action and hiring and background checks.

Parker said Wednesday that it was tough to leave her colleagues at Proskauer, but she is looking forward to taking the bench in lower Manhattan.

“I’ve really wanted to serve the greater justice system, and this was a good time. The opportunity opened up and I jumped,” she said.

“I see it as a very important role because some times you’re the first face that people see in the court—on the criminal side at the arraignment and sometimes in civil matters, the parties are first coming to the magistrate judge before they see the trial judge,” Parker said. “So I see the role as being very important in terms of representing the court, representing the justice system and providing the public confidence they’re going to get a fair hearing.”

Parker will be sworn in on Nov. 4 and will begin presiding over cases on Nov. 7.

The Southern District is about to welcome its newest magistrate judge.

Katharine Parker, a partner in Proskauer Rose ‘s labor and employment department, was appointed to a term of eight years by the district’s Board of Judges. She will serve on the bench at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse at 500 Pearl St.

Parker, 49, is a Duke University graduate who received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1992 and clerked for Judge Warren W. Eginton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

While at Proskauer, Parker chaired firm practice groups in employment law counseling and training, government regulatory relations and affirmative action and hiring and background checks.

Parker said Wednesday that it was tough to leave her colleagues at Proskauer, but she is looking forward to taking the bench in lower Manhattan.

“I’ve really wanted to serve the greater justice system, and this was a good time. The opportunity opened up and I jumped,” she said.

“I see it as a very important role because some times you’re the first face that people see in the court—on the criminal side at the arraignment and sometimes in civil matters, the parties are first coming to the magistrate judge before they see the trial judge,” Parker said. “So I see the role as being very important in terms of representing the court, representing the justice system and providing the public confidence they’re going to get a fair hearing.”

Parker will be sworn in on Nov. 4 and will begin presiding over cases on Nov. 7.