April 22, 2011
Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker announced today her decision to step down as Dean of University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, effective June 30, 2012. She has been dean of McGeorge since 2002.
"Dean Parker has led the McGeorge School of Law to new heights in teaching, scholarship and community profile," said Pacific Provost Maria Pallavicini. "She is a tireless advocate of her school and her profession. We will miss the enthusiasm she brings to McGeorge."
Since becoming dean, Parker has led initiatives to boost McGeorge's national profile through global opportunities, legal community service, and diversity. During her tenure McGeorge has become a leader in reforming legal education in China and Chile, while increasing the LLM program to bring more than 40 students annually from more than 20 countries. She championed the expansion of student study and faculty exchanges in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Parker has dramatically expanded externships and started new clinical programming in specialty areas such as immigration, mediation, and appellate advocacy. She has launched strong collaborations with high schools to establish mentoring programs and law-themed curricula. The academic profile and diversity of incoming students have improved significantly during Parker's leadership.
"The opportunity to introduce others to McGeorge School of Law's vision of excellent legal education for a globalizing world has been a gift," Parker said.
Parker became the eighth dean at McGeorge on July 1, 2002. A frequently cited expert on national security law and terrorism, Parker served 11 years in key federal government positions, most notably as General Counsel for the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State, and General Counsel for the CIA. In private practice, she has advised clients on public policy and international trade issues, particularly in the areas of encryption and advanced technology. Early in her career, she was active in litigating civil rights and civil liberties matters, with two successful arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Immediately before her arrival at McGeorge, she served as general counsel for the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System.
A member of the American Bar Foundation and the Council on Foreign Relations, Parker is a frequent speaker and lecturer. Parker is a lifetime Counselor of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security. She has served on several committees on the National Academy of Sciences, and currently serves on the U.S. Public Interest Declassification Board and the Director of National Intelligence's Special Advisory Group. Regionally, she is a member of the board and executive committee of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, a member of the California International Relations Foundation, a board member of Valley Vision, and chair of the Steering Committee of the World Affairs Council (Sacramento Chapter).
With more than 1,000 students, the McGeorge School of Law is among the 30 largest law schools in the U.S, and the only ABA approved law school campus located in Sacramento. The school was founded in 1924 and joined University of the Pacific in 1966. It has 52 full-time and 70 part-time faculty who have attained national and international renown in their fields. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is considered a founder of the law school and has taught annually at McGeorge for over 40 years. McGeorge is nationally known for its advocacy programs and has one of the largest, most well-respected international law programs and award-winning moot court competition teams.