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Penn Law Appoints Parker to Recruit International Students

Matt Parker, L’00, has been appointed assistant dean for Graduate Programs. In this role, Parker will have full responsibility for admitting LL.M. and LL.C.M. classes and delivering services to those classes upon their matriculation.

Parker, who had been associate director of Graduate and International Programs since 2005, is the first of two appointments to succeed Adam Kolker, who resigned June 30 as assistant dean and executive director for International Programs. A second person will be recruited to assume leadership of international initiatives.

“Matt is the ideal person to help us recruit international law students at the highest level,” said Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts. “He has been a key contributor to recent improvements around everything from recruiting, admissions and orientation to general programming and career counseling, and he already is exploring ways to expand the academic quality and geographical diversity of incoming students.”

Before joining Penn Law, Parker served two years as a general litigation and labor and employment attorney at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, representing clients on matters such as bankruptcy, truth in lending, and breach of contract. He also was an associate with Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. and a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas N. O’Neill. Parker spent a year in rural China, where he taught English, before coming to Penn Law as a student in 1997.

In addition to his Penn Law J.D., which he earned cum laude while serving on the Journal of International Economic Law, Parker is pursuing an Ed.D. in Penn’s Graduate School of Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.