Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker has been the Dean of the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law since July 1, 2002. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law, Dean Parker is a noted expert on of national security law and terrorism. Immediately before joining the law school, she was General Counsel for the University of Wisconsin system from 1999-2002 and Counsel with Bryan Cave in Washington, DC from 1995-1999, where she advised clients on public policy and international trade issues, particularly in the areas of encryption and advanced technology. Prior to that, Dean Parker served 11 years in key federal government positions, most notably as General Counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency (1990-1995), Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State (1989-1990), and General Counsel for the National Security Agency (1984-1989). Early in her career she litigated civil rights and civil liberties matters, with two successful arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
A member of the American Bar Foundation and the Council on Foreign Relations, Dean Parker is a frequent speaker and lecturer and currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences’ Roundtable on Scientific Communication and National Security and the U.S. Public Interest Declassification Board. Her academic background includes teaching as a visitor professor at Case Western Reserve Law School and Cleveland-Marshall State School of Law.
Dean Parker has been a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security since 1993 and was Chair of that committee from 1998-2001. She is a past member of the Advisory Board of the ABA Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI), and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Chair of the Cybersecurity Task Force of the ABA’s Business Law Section. In addition to numerous other honors and titles, she has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1989, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation since 2003 and a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California since 2003.
A long-time supporter of programs aimed at developing the rule of law in Russia, Dean Parker has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian United States Legal Education Foundation (RUSLEF) since 2001. She has been responsible for partnering with RUSLEF to bring law students from Russia to study law for one year at Pacific McGeorge prior to returning to Russia to complete their law degrees. The hope is that these students will become a catalyst for reform of the legal curriculum and legal system in Russia because of their exposure to the study of law in the United States. Furthermore, Dean Parker has made Pacific McGeorge a co-sponsor, along with Cleveland-Marshall School of Law and the University of Arkansas School of Law, of an annual summer program in St. Petersburg, Russia that allows American and Russian law students to study side-by-side in various courses focusing on international and comparative law.