Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington has named Austen Parrish as its next dean, effective on Jan. 1.

Parrish is a professor at Southwestern Law School and until October had served as interim dean and chief executive officer there for more than a year. He oversaw the construction and opening of a $20 million student housing complex.

“Austen is an exciting leader, and I am confident that he will inspire our faculty, students, staff and alumni to continue raising the national and global profile of the Maurer School of Law,” said former dean Lauren Robel, who was named IU Bloomington provost in 2012.

“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,” she said.

Parrish replaces professor Hannah Buxbaum, who has been interim dean in Bloomington since February 2012. Parrish has served on the Southwestern faculty since 2002 and as vice dean from 2008 to 2012.

“The Maurer School of Law is an inspiring school with a rich tradition,” Parrish said. “The school has had a remarkable set of leaders, and I feel privileged and humbled by the opportunity to serve as its dean.”

Parrish said he was attracted by the law school’s global focus and willingness to innovate.

Before teaching, Parrish worked in the complex business litigation department of O’Melveny & Myers. His scholarship focuses on transnational law and the use of domestic law in solving international legal problems.

The university’s board of trustees must confirm his appointment as dean before it is official.

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