Most Interesting and Influencial 2005: Linda Parker

Linda Parker,
Director of the Michigan Department of
Civil Rights

 Linda V. Parker was appointed as the new director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights in November 2003. Parker, a Detroit native, is a former partner at the Detroit law firm of Dickinson Wright, PLC, where she practiced environmental law. Parker also served as the first Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan under the leadership of former United States Attorney Saul A. Green from1994-2000. Most recently Parker served as the Director of Development at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
     A University of Michigan graduate, Parker earned her Juris Doctor degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Parker is a past President of the Wolverine Bar Association, and served for six years as chair of New Steps, an organization committed to providing services for economically disadvantaged new mothers in substance abuse recovery. A native Detroiter, Ms. Parker is currently a member of the Michigan Board of Law  Examiners, and a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. She is also a member of the United Way Fund Distribution Committee and a member of the Supervisory Committee of Michigan First Credit Union.