Austen L. Parrish
Interim Dean and Professor of Law
B.A., Political Science/Economics, 1994, University of Washington; J.D., 1997, Columbia University; Member, California State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-6710
The Southwestern Board of Trustees appointed Austen Parrish, formerly Vice Dean and Professor of Law, as Interim Dean and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2012.
Since joining Southwestern's faculty in 2002, Dean Parrish has earned accolades as a legal educator and administrator. During his tenure as Vice Dean from 2008 to 2012, he worked closely with Dean Bryant Garth in creating a number of new academic programs, dramatically enhancing student services and academic support, and recruiting leading legal scholars and rising stars to the faculty.
"From the construction of student housing, to the school's 100th Anniversary capital campaign, to our innovative new online entertainment law LL.M. program, to our deepening ties with Claremont Graduate University, to the hiring of talented faculty, exciting things are happening at the school. I am looking forward to continuing these initiatives and to aggressively take advantage of new opportunities for Southwestern during this interim year."
"It is an honor to have the confidence of the Board and the faculty as we continue the momentum and build on Dean Garth’s accomplishments," Dean Parrish said. "From the construction of student housing, to the school's 100th Anniversary capital campaign, to our innovative new online entertainment law LL.M. program, to our deepening ties with Claremont Graduate University, to the hiring of talented faculty, exciting things are happening at the school. I am looking forward to continuing these initiatives and to aggressively take advantage of new opportunities for Southwestern during this interim year."
Dean Parrish has taught a variety of courses at Southwestern, including Advanced Topics in American Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, International Environmental Law, and Public International Law. He also served as Director of the Summer Law Program in Vancouver, B.C. Canada for eight years. He was named as Southwestern's Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law in 2007, has been the recipient of the First-Year Professor Excellence in Teaching Award, and has been selected numerous times as Commencement Grand Marshal by the graduating class.
Dean Parrish brings an international perspective to the law classroom, with particular expertise in the areas of transnational litigation and civil procedure, international law and relations, and conflicts of law. He is one of the top scholars on Canada-U.S. transboundary relations and has served as an expert witness in a number of Canadian cases involving transboundary disputes. In his recent publications, he has focused on critiquing the use of extraterritorial domestic laws and the role that national courts play in solving global challenges.
Dean Parrish is the author of numerous scholarly articles that have been published in leading law reviews including the Minnesota Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and the George Washington University Law Review, among others. He also is the co-author of two books, Effective Lawyering: A Checklist Approach to Legal Writing, widely used by lawyers and law firms, and Hard-Nosed Advice From a Cranky Law Professor, a popular guide for new law students.
During his own student days at Columbia Law School, Dean Parrish was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and as a student-editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law. He practiced complex business litigation in both federal and state trial and appellate courts as an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP prior to joining the Southwestern faculty. Active in pro bono activities, he has worked with a number of local public interest organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and Public Counsel Law Center.
Books and Chapters
EFFECTIVE LAWYERING: A CHECKLIST APPROACH TO LEGAL WRITING AND ORAL ARGUMENT, 2nd ed. (with D. Yokoyama; Carolina Academic Press, 2012)
HARD-NOSED ADVICE FROM A CRANKY LAW PROFESSOR: HOW TO SUCCEED IN LAW SCHOOL (with Cristina Knolton; Carolina Academic Press, 2010)
EFFECTIVE LAWYERING: A CHECKLIST APPROACH TO LEGAL WRITING AND ORAL ARGUMENT (with D. Yokoyama; Carolina Academic Press, 2007)
Sovereignty's Continuing Importance? Traces of Trail Smelter in the International Law Governing Hazardous Waste Transport in TRANSBOUNDARY HARMS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW: LESSONS FROM THE TRAIL SMELTER ARBITRATION (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006)
State Court International Human Rights Litigation: A Concerning Trend?, 3 UC IRVINE LAW REVIEW 25 (2013)
Evading Legislative Jurisdiction, 87 NOTRE DAME LAW REVIEW 1673 (2012)
Rehabilitating Territoriality in Human Rights, 31 CARDOZO LAW REVIEW 1099 (lead article, 2011)
Duplicative Foreign Litigation, 78 GEORGE WASHINGTON LAW REVIEW 237 (2010)
Reclaiming International Law from Extraterritoriality, 93 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW 815 (2009)
The Effects Test: Extraterritoriality's Fifth Business, 61 VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW 1455 (2008)
Comity and Foreign Parallel Proceedings: A Reply to Black and Swan, 45 CANADIAN BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL 209 (2009)
Changing Territoriality, Fading Sovereignty, and the Development of Indigenous Group Rights," 31 AMERICAN INDIAN LAW REVIEW 291 (2007)
Challenging the Assumption of Equality: The Due Process Rights of Foreign Litigants in U.S. Courts, ILA Weekend-West Conference Proceedings (transcribed remarks), 5 SANTA CLARA JOURNAL OF INT'L LAW 410 (2007)
Litigating Canada-U.S. Transboundary Harm: International Environmental Lawmaking and the Threat of Extraterritorial Reciprocity, 48 VIRGINIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 1 (2007) (with Prof. S. Hsu)
Mixed Blessings: The Great Lakes Compact and Agreement, the IJC, and International Dispute Resolution, 2007 MICHIGAN STATE LAW REVIEW 1299 (2007)
Storm in a Teacup: The U.S. Supreme Court's Use of Foreign Law, 2007 ILLINOIS LAW REVIEW 637 (2007)
Embracing Reciprocity: Revisiting Domestic Solutions to Ontario's Transboundary Pollution Problems, in 35 CANADIAN COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL LAW 73-79 (2006)
Sovereignty, Not Due Process: Personal Jurisdiction Over Nonresident, Alien Defendants, 41 WAKE FOREST LAW REVIEW 1 (2006)
Trail Smelter Déjà Vu: Extraterritoriality, International Environmental Law and the Search for Solutions to Canadian-U.S. Transboundary Water Pollution Disputes, 85 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 363 (2005)
Avoiding the Mistakes of Terrell R.: The Undoing of the California Tort Claims Act and the Move to Absolute Governmental Immunity in Foster Care Placement and Supervision, 15 STANFORD LAW & POLICY REVIEW 267 (2004)
Move Over, New Haven and Boston – Innovation Begins Here, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (Aug. 7, 2008)
Sovereignty, Not Due Process: Personal Jurisdiction Over Nonresident, Alien Defendants, abridged and reprinted in CYBER JURISDICTION: SOVEREIGN AND PERSONAL DIMENSION (C. Vidya ed., ICFAI Univ. Press, 2008)
Trail Smelter Déjà vu: Extraterritoriality, International Environmental Law and the Search for Solutions to Canadian-U.S. Transboundary Water Pollution Disputes, abridged and reprinted in WATER POLLUTION: POLICIES AND PERSPECTIVES (K. Kumari, ed., ICFAI Univ. Press, 2007)Challenging the Assumption of Equality: The Due Process Rights of Foreign Litigants in U.S. Courts, ILA Weekend-West Conference Proceedings (transcribed remarks), 5 SANTA CLARA JOURNAL OF INT'L LAW 410 (2007)