(September 2, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary Society Presents Constitution Day Lecture Sept. 17

Constitution Day lecture

SHREVEPORT, La.—Centenary College and the Pre-Law Society present a Constitution Day lecture, Thursday, Sept. 17 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Kilpatrick Auditorium located on the College campus.

Former United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit Judge Robert M. Parker will present the special lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Judge Parker currently resides in Tyler, Texas and is with the firm Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth, P.C., and specializes in Intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation consulting and arbitration. He joined the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton, a position he held until his retirement from the bench in 2002; and served as District Judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas from 1979 until 1994, and Chief Judge from 190 until 1994. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice in Longview, Texas from 1966 until 1979.

A graduate of the University of Texas, Judge Parker received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws. His publications include The Eastern District Phenomenon; Accepting Reality: The Time for Accepting Discretionary Review in the Courts of Appeals Has Arrived; Forward, Fifth Circuit Survey; Federal Courts at The Crossroads: Adapt of Loose; and Streamlining Complex Cases.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.