Chapman names Matthew J. Parlow new dean of the Fowler School of Law

Matthew J. Parlow, new dean of Chapman University's Fowler School of Law

Matthew J. Parlow, new dean of Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law

Chapman University today announced the selection of Matthew J. Parlow as the next dean of its
Fowler School of Law
. Parlow will become dean on July 1, 2016, succeeding Tom Campbell, who served in that role since February 2011.

Parlow, a native Southern Californian, returns to Chapman after serving as associate dean for academic affairs at Marquette University Law School, where he has taught for the past seven years. He served on the Chapman University faculty from 2005 to 2008. Parlow has also been a visiting professor at Yale University, and a fellow at Loyola Marymount University.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt Parlow back to Chapman University and the Fowler School of Law,” said Chapman President Jim Doti. “His expertise in legal affairs, coupled with teaching skills that earned him awards at both Chapman and Marquette, only begin to hint at the strengths he’ll bring to the law school.”

Parlow’s nationally recognized expertise in land use and urban redevelopment, his passion for sports law, and his tenure as associate dean at Marquette highlights the wealth of academic and administrative experience he will bring to the dean’s role.

“Returning to Chapman is a special and exciting opportunity,” Parlow said. “The law school has made tremendous strides in its first twenty years, and is poised now for even greater success. I’m honored to have been selected as dean. I appreciate the confidence that President Doti, Chancellor Struppa, the faculty, and the search committee have placed in me, and I look forward to working with the Chapman community to further enhance legal education in Southern California.”

Following a wide-sweeping national search, Parlow was selected by a prominent search committee that included Reginald Gilyard, Dean of the Argyros School of Business; Thomas Phelps, co-founder of Manatt Phelps, an international law firm; Parker Kennedy, chairman and chief executive officer of First American Financial Corporation; Wylie Aitken, president and founding partner of Aitken, Aitken & Cohn, and selected faculty of the Fowler School of Law.

In the five years of Dean Tom Campbell’s tenure, the Fowler School enacted a broad practice-ready curricular overhaul, created a new Business Law Emphasis program, and received a major naming gift for the law library from the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation.  In 2013, the law school was named the Dale E. Fowler School of Law in grateful recognition of a $55 million gift by Ann and Dale E. Fowler, one of the largest single gifts to a U.S. law school. Upon the conclusion of his term, Campbell will return to teaching as a full time professor on the Fowler School of Law faculty.

Fowler School of Law is nationally ranked among American law schools by
U.S. News & World Report,
and 2015 marked the fifth year that graduates exceeded the California ABA-accredited law school average pass rate on the state’s bar examination. The Fowler School is one of only seven law schools in the state to have exceeded the state average pass rate in each of the past five years.

“Matt Parlow is uniquely qualified to lead the Fowler School at this time in its history,” said Daniele Struppa, Chapman University chancellor and presidential designee. “In addition to a great legal mind, he brings a wealth of experience with colleagues throughout Southern California. We anticipate he will build even more bridges between Chapman and the Southland legal and business communities, helping to educate and place our practice-ready graduates.”

Parlow holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the
Yale Law and Policy Review
, and the
Yale Journal on Regulation
. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prior to his academic career, Parlow was an associate with the Los Angeles firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, specializing in real estate, land use, environmental, and local/state government law.  He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also serves as a consultant to professional sports leagues and teams, and has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations, as well as been appointed to a number of local and state government task forces.

Parlow is married to Janine Kim, a professor of law at Marquette University Law School, who will also be joining the Fowler School of Law faculty. She teaches courses in multiple areas of the law and her primary areas of research include criminal law and race and the law. Prior to teaching, Kim clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.  She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University.

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. In addition to its highly regarded Fowler School of Law, the university excels in film and media arts, performing arts, educational studies, economics and business, humanities and the sciences. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is approaching 8,000, and Chapman University alumni are found throughout California and the world.


Mary Platt

Mary Platt is director of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

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