Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker
The Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security is made to Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker for her numerous contributions and achievements as set forth in the following citation:
Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean Emerita of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, has made unparalleled contributions to the field of national security law in her impressive career and is among the foremost practitioners, scholars, and experts in national security law over four decades. Her contributions to the field are vast, including extensive service in government as General Counsel of NSA and CIA and principal deputy legal advisor at the Department of State. She was twice appointed to the Public Interest Declassification Board, and served on the DNI Senior Advisory Group. She also served as Executive Director and CEO of the State Bar of California. During her tenure at McGeorge, she was instrumental in creating the well-regarded Journal of National Security Law and Policy and was a leader in the successful effort to establish a National Security Law and Policy section within the Association of American Law Schools. She brought with her to each position a strong commitment to the Constitution and the protections that it affords. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the MITRE Corporation, a member of the Executive Board of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and a member of the advisory board of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, among many other affiliations. She serves as a consultant with the Defending Democratic Institutions Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a compelling advocate for civic education in the U.S. education system as a national security imperative. Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker is a respected practitioner, a leader in developing the field of national security law, a dedicated promoter of the rule of law, and a role model and mentor to countless national security lawyers. Despite her many accomplishments, her commitment to the field continues unabated as do her contributions. Her judgement, temperament, wisdom, and passion continue to inspire others. It is a special honor for the Standing Committee on Law and National Security to award the Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security to Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker in further acknowledgement of her life’s work.