Tom Parker, associate justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is coming to the Athens-Limestone County Public Library on Tuesday, February 21st, to present a talk on the Christian foundations of early American law. He will give the talk twice on the same day, once from 3:00 to 4:00 and again from 6:00 to 8:00. Both presentations are free and open to the public.
The event is hosted by the Limestone County Republicans. Noah Wahl, chairman of the LCR says, “We’re pleased to bring Justice Parker to the Athens area. Parker has proved himself to be a remarkable constitutional scholar.” As well as the U.S. Constitution, Justice Parker has spent considerable time studying William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, an influential eighteenth century treatise on the common law of England. His discussion will include Blackstone’s Commentaries, its influence, as well as the influence of Christianity, on early American lawmakers.
Hosting an Alabama Supreme Court justice is also a proud moment for Athens-Limestone County Public Library. “The library is excited to welcome Judge Parker,” says Paula Laurita, director of the library. “We go through our daily lives and don’t realize how much of our freedom is based on long legal history. Understanding the basis for those laws is essential to understanding our role at citizens. I look forward to having Judge Parker share some of that rich history with our community.”
Justice Parker was first elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010. Previously, he served as the deputy administrative director of courts, where he advised trial court judges, and as the director of the Alabama Judicial College, providing training for new judges and continuing legal education for all the trial judges in Alabama.