Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Vanzetta McPherson to address Troy graduates | Events
Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Vanzetta Penn McPherson will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates on Monday, July 30, during the summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus.
The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. More than 180 students will receive degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus.
McPherson managed civil and criminal caseloads as well as prisoner and social security cases during her service in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
She previously served as an Alabama Assistant Attorney General, and spent 16 years in solo legal practice in Montgomery. As an attorney, McPherson was sole counsel in two employment class actions, one of which ended racial discrimination in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, and another that successfully pursued First Amendment challenges on behalf of Montgomery police officers against the mayor and city of Montgomery.
She has held leadership positions in state and local bar associations, serving as president of the Alabama Lawyers Association and the Montgomery chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Since her retirement, McPherson has served as chairman of an oversight committee in a major civil rights litigation. She also writes a bimonthly public affairs column for the Montgomery Advertiser and a quarterly column for a national magazine. She serves on the boards of First Tuskegee Bank, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and the Montgomery City-County Public Library Foundation.
McPherson is an honor graduate of Howard University and a graduate of Columbia University and Columbia Law School.
She is married to Thomas McPherson, Jr., and they are the parents of four adult children and five grandchildren.
Source: Troy University Office of University Relations