Black History Month: Carmella Parker

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Carmella Parker, attorney

Carmella Parker has been licensed to practice law in Louisiana 18 years. She is an Associate Professor and coordinator of Outreach and Special Projects at Northwestern State University’s College of Business and Technology’s School of Business university professor. Parker teaches a range of classes Cyber Business Law, Business Law I and II, International Business, International Comparative Management and a Special Topics Course of Entrepreneurship. She is the first African American woman to be tenured in the College of Business and Technology at NSU. She is a founding member of a law journal published by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In 2020, she was the first African American woman judicial candidate for Natchitoches City Court. Parker is currently the President of CrimeStoppers of Natchitoches, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Parker worked as Field Counsel for a Fortune 100 company. This position was a natural outgrowth from working as an Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Risk Litigation Division for the Louisiana Department of Justice. She served under three Attorney Generals during her tenure. She was selected to be a member of the Youth Development Panel, a sub-group of the Crime and Public Safety Advisory Council, which was one of nine cross-political transition advisory councils. She is a past member of the Military Law Committee for the Louisiana State Bar Association. Parker interned at Walt Disney World and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She attended the National Medals of Arts and Humanities Awards Ceremony on the grounds of the White House.

This article appeared in the Feb. 19, 2022, print edition

Parker has a B.S. in Business Administration, a Minor in Liberal Arts and an Equivalent to a Minor in Latin from Louisiana Scholars’ College. She earned her Juris Doctor as well as a Certificate of International Studies from Loyola College of Law in New Orleans and obtained her Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. She also has a certificate in Fintech Law and Policy from Duke University-Coursera.