After eighteen years of Service to the College of Law, William T. Schwartz Professor of Law Jerry Parkinson has announced his retirement. Parkinson will finish the remainder of the spring semester before bidding his final farewell to Wyoming.
Parkinson has been a Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming College of Law since 1998 and served as Dean from 1998 to 2009, the longest serving Dean in the College of Law’s history. Over the years he has taught Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Sports Law, and an Education Law seminar. From 2000 to 2010 he served in a volunteer capacity as Coordinator of Appeals for the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, and handled 28 appeals, including 22 oral arguments, on behalf of the NCAA.
Before joining the College of Law at the University of Wyoming, Parkinson was a law professor (from 1987-1998) and associate dean (1992-1996) at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award. Prior to teaching law, he practiced law in Portland, Oregon, for the law firm of Miller, Nash, Wiener, Hager & Carlsen, and served as a law clerk for the Honorable John F. Kilkenny of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Parkinson is one of the featured speakers on this year’s Spring Panel, The Right to be Heard: Free Speech in Higher Education. Professor Parkinson will be joined on the panel by UW Law Professor Darrell Jackson, and Professor Rodney J. Uphoff of the University of Missouri. The panel will take place on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at the University of Wyoming College of Law beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is worth 1.5 hours of CLE credit with the Wyoming State Bar.
Following the panel, the College of Law and Potter Law Club will host a reception where the public can pay tribute to the outstanding career of Professor Parkinson. If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to send you regards to Professor Parkinson, you can contact him via email.
The College of Law is eternally grateful for the service and dedication that Professor Parkinson has contributed over the past two decades. We will miss him greatly but wish him a very happy retirement.