Professor Parrish Named Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor Austen Parrish, a member of the Southwestern faculty since 2001, has been appointed as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs commencing with the 2008-2009 academic year. In this capacity, Professor Parrish will be responsible for coordination of the first-year curriculum and programs aimed at enhancing student success in law school and on the bar examination. In addition, he will oversee the overall academic program, faculty appointments, faculty development, and Southwestern's self-study process.
In announcing the appointment, Dean Garth said, "Professor Parrish is not only an outstanding scholar and a revered teacher, but also a great listener and wise administrator. He is an ideal choice to succeed Christopher Cameron's extraordinary ten year service as Associate Dean. He will continue the remarkable period of curricular innovation that Dean Cameron brilliantly orchestrated."
Professor Parrish teaches courses in Civil Pretrial Practice, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, International Environmental Law and Policy, and Public International Law and serves as Director of Southwestern's popular Summer Law Program in Vancouver. He is currently the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law and received Southwestern's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. An accomplished scholar, Professor Parrish has published several articles on environmental law and international law and is the co-author of the text Effective Lawyering: A Checklist Approach To Legal Writing And Oral Advocacy (Carolina Academic Press, 2007), which he co-wrote with Southwestern Professor Dennis Yokoyama.
Prior to his career in legal education, Professor Parrish served several years as an associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he represented various companies, individuals and government entities in complex business litigation, and served as the firm's supervising attorney for the Anti-Defamation League's Summer Research Program, as a mentor in the firm's mentor program, and as a guardian ad litem for Public Counsel. Professor Parrish completed his B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics at the University of Washington and his J.D. at Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.