John L. "Newby" Parton ’18 MPA '22, of McMinnville, Tennessee, is a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in Values and Public Life and Urban Studies. As a Princeton undergraduate, he worked as a dormitory assistant, tour guide, economics tutor and a counselor for a STEM camp serving minority and low-income students. His leadership positions included head opinion editor for The Daily Princetonian, president of Speak with Style, and president of a debate group.
A 2016 recipient of the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, Parton has focused his academic work on the court system, criminal justice reform, and journalism. In summer 2017, as the 2017 Frederick P. Hitz ’61 Scholar, Parton worked in the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. In 2018, Parton received the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, which is awarded to the senior who has most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership.
In July 2019, Newby began his first rotation working at the Justice Department Civil Rights Division in the Special Litigation section in Washington, DC.