Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker
Professor of Law
On Leave 2012-2013
B.A., J.D., University of Michigan
Dean Parker joined Pacific McGeorge School of Law as its eighth dean in 2002, after serving as general counsel for the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. Her fields of expertise include national security and terrorism, international relations, public policy and trade, technology development and transfer, commerce, and civil rights and liberties litigation.
Dean Parker has served as general counsel of the National Security Agency (1984 – 1989), principal deputy legal adviser at the U.S. Department of State (1989 – 1990), and general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency (1990 – 1995). She began her career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at the Community Legal Services Clinic of Emory University School of Law. Later, while a cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, she argued successfully twice before the Supreme Court of the United States. She has also served as the Director, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. and as the Acting Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at the Federal Trade Commission. In private practice she has been counsel to the international law firm of Surrey and Morse (1980-1984) and Bryan Cave (1995-1999).
A member of the American Bar Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, a former Chair, and currently Counselor of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, Dean Parker is a frequent speaker and lecturer on national security topics. She has held a Presidential appointment to the Public Interest Declassification Board, is a member of the Director of National Intelligence's Security Advisory Group and a frequent participant on committees of the National Academy of Sciences. She has taught national security law at Case Western Reserve Law School, Cleveland State School of Law as well as Pacific McGeorge. Currently Dean Parker is a Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation; a member of the California International Relations Foundation and Chair of the Steering Committee of the World Affairs Council (Sacramento Chapter). She and her husband Bob Parker, live on the McGeorge campus. The Parkers have a daughter and son respectively and two grandsons.