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Global law expert tapped as dean at IU Maurer

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After a search that lasted more than a year, Indiana University Maurer School of Law has chosen a leading scholar of transnational law as its dean.

Austen L. Parrish will become dean of the IU Maurer School of Law Jan. 1, with the title James H. Rudy Professor of Law. His appointment is subject to confirmation by the IU Board of Trustees.
 

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He comes to IU Maurer from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he serves as interim dean and CEO. From 2008 to 2012, he was the school’s vice dean with responsibility for its overall academic program.

IU Bloomington Provost and former IU Maurer dean Lauren Robel praised Parrish as an exciting leader who will inspire faculty, students, staff and alumni.

“Austen’s intellect, energy and entrepreneurial spirit fit well with our law school and will strengthen its belief in and dedication to finding innovative ways to prepare students for the challenges of the global legal profession,” Robel said.

Parrish is an expert on transnational litigation, civil procedure and conflict of laws. He is also a widely published scholar on transnational law and the use of domestic law and institutions to address global challenges.

In addition, he is 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.

Before entering academia, Parrish practiced complex business litigation at O’Melveny & Myers. He said that he is privileged and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the dean of IU Maurer School of Law.

“Part of what makes the school so special has been its ability to be a distinctive innovator and leader in legal education while deeply understanding the importance of a global outlook,” he said. “The school makes a difference in the futures of its students by providing a first-rate educational experience in an intellectually rigorous and collaborative environment. I am eager to work with faculty, staff, students, alumni and others to advance and build on this extraordinary tradition of excellence.”

Parrish was selected through an extensive nationwide search from the fall of 2012 to November 2013. Hannah Buxbaum, chair in legal ethics at IU Maurer, has served as interim dean since Robel moved to the provost office.

Southwestern, a private nonprofit law school founded in 1911, is known for its long-standing emphasis on diversity, public service and innovative programs. A pioneer in legal education for women and minorities, the school has strong ties to the Los Angeles business, entertainment and legal communities.

As interim dean at the California school, Parrish oversaw construction of a $20 million student housing complex, established relationships and collaborations with local and international universities, and led the move from the silent to the public phase of a capital campaign.

His colleague at Southwestern, Bryant Garth, served as dean of IU Maurer School of Law from 1986 to 1990.

“Austen brings extraordinary talent and remarkable energy to his teaching, scholarship and administration,” Garth said. “He is going to be a superb dean and I am really happy that Indiana will be the beneficiary of his leadership.”•
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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