Attorney Daryl Parks to Keynote B-CU Fall Commencement
Attorney Daryl D. Parks, the managing partner at the Parks and Crump, LLC law firm, will be the keynote speaker for the Bethune-Cookman University fall commencement to be held 10 a.m., Saturday Dec. 14 in the Performing Arts Center.
Parks has distinguished himself as a successful litigator, masterful courtroom attorney, accomplished business owner, and servant of the people. The law firm gained national attention when it represented the family of 2-year old Zaniyah Hinson, who was left in a van for four hours with temperatures hovering at 104 degrees. As a servant to the people, the firm of Parks and Crump also represented Martin Anderson, the black teen who died while in a boot-camp youth detention center. The law firm won the Anderson family $7.2 million in damages from the state of Florida and Bay County, the largest amount ever paid by the State of Florida in an individual wrongful death case.
The Trayvon Martin case has catapulted Attorney Parks and the law form of Parks and Crump to international heights. This year alone, Parks has appeared nationally on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and Dr. Phil.
Parks is a lifetime member of the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest association of African-American attorneys and judges in the United States and the recipient of the Association’s President’s Award for 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2011, his commitment and dedication to the mission and principles of the National Bar Association resulted in his election as its 69th President.
He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocacy Forum, the Florida Bar Foundation Board and the Florida Bar Student Education’s Admissions to the Bar Committee. In ___, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Attorney Parks to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the First District Court of Appeals for Florida and in ____, United States Senator Bill Nelson appointed Attorney Parks to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Northern District of Florida.
Parks is the recipient of countless awards and recognitions, including the 2007 Leadership Pacesetter Award given by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, the 2012 NAACP Chairman of the Board Award, the Florida Bar’s Henry Latimer Award, the Advocates Award given by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Law, and the American Justice Association’s Johnnie L. Cochran Soaring Eagle Award.
Parks is committed to making a difference in the lives of others and has done so through such volunteer activities as Chairman of the Board of the FAMU Foundation, Vice Chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees, and as Chair of the FAMU Boosters. He has given generously as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Urban League, the Leon County Sickle Cell Foundation, and the Bethel Community Development Corporation.
Parks attended Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University on a Presidential Scholarship where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics. He received his law degree from the Florida State Law School.
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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.