» Fowler School of Law - Administration

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law owes its success in large part to the dedication and hard work of its administrative team. Below is a list of senior administrators working to support the school's mission.

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Matthew J. Parlow

Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law
(714) 628-2678
Matt Parlow is in his fourth year as the Dean of the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He also holds the Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law. Previously, Dean Parlow was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, where he taught Property, Land Use, Legislation, Urban Redevelopment, and Professional Sports Law (with Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig). Prior to that, he served on the faculty at the Fowler School of Law from 2005-08. Dean Parlow was voted the Professor of the Year during his time at both Marquette Law School and the Fowler School of Law.
Prior to his academic career, Dean 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. Dean 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, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in History from Loyola Marymount University.
Dean Parlow has also served on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations and has been appointed to a number of local and state government task forces. Currently, he is a trustee of The Pegasus School and serves on the City of Costa Mesa’s Finance and Pension Advisory Committee. Dean Parlow also serves as a consultant to professional sports leagues and teams, and advises local, state, and national officials on a variety of political, legal, and policy matters.
Dean Parlow's scholarship focuses on local government law, land use, urban redevelopment, and sports law. His articles have appeared in the Colorado Law Review, Temple Law Review, Oklahoma Law Review, and Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, among other journals.
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Marisa S. Cianciarulo

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
(714) 628-2612
Marisa S. Cianciarulo is a specialist in immigration law with a human rights focus at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. She founded Chapman's Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Violence Clinic in 2006 and served as its director until 2017. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Dean Cianciarulo received her B.A. from the Catholic University of America, her JD from American University Washington College of Law, and her M.A. from American University School of International Service.
From 1997-2012, Dean Cianciarulo represented people from Central and South America, Afghanistan, Africa, Asia, Pakistan, and Eastern Europe in political asylum and other immigration matters. Prior to joining the faculty of Chapman University in 2006, Dean Cianciarulo practiced immigration law in the Washington, D.C. area, served as a staff attorney with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, and taught in the Villanova Law School Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services. Dean Cianciarulo’s research focuses on vulnerable immigrant populations and the intersection of gender and immigration. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, including the highest-ranked journals in the country on gender and the law and human rights law.
Dean Cianciarulo has taught Civil Procedure, the Family Protection Clinic, Gender and Sexual Orientation and the Law, Refugee Law, and Remedies at the law school. She has also taught Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy in the undergraduate Honors Program. Dean Cianciarulo has been active with diversity initiatives and student-sponsored events across the university. Law students voted Dean Cianciarulo Professor of the Year in 2010, and in 2017 the university awarded her the Valerie Scudder Award for outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service.
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Amy Rogan-Mehta

Associate Dean for Administration
Prior to joining the administrative team at Fowler School of Law, Amy Rogan-Mehta was the Associate Dean for Student Development at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At Marquette, she oversaw the law school’s academic success and student affairs offices. Dean Rogan-Mehta previously practiced law at the Milwaukee firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., where she was a member of the Product Distribution and Franchise Team and the Software, Technology and Licensing Team. She also served as an intern to the Honorable Diane S. Sykes of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a research assistant to the Honorable Russell D. Feingold. Before pursuing a legal career, Ms. Rogan-Mehta worked as a social worker and mental health therapist at various non-profit and healthcare organizations located in Southeastern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dean Rogan-Mehta graduated first in her class from Marquette University Law School. She also holds a master's degree from Columbia University in the city of New York and graduated with a bachelor's degree, cum laude, from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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Richard E. Redding

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Dr. Redding most recently served as the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education at Chapman University, where he also held the Wang-Fradkin Chair, which is the highest honor Chapman can bestow on a faculty member for exceptional merit in scholarly or creative activity. He previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Administration at the Fowler School of Law. Dr. Redding also holds appointments as Professor of Psychology in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Education in the Attallah College of Educational Studies.
Previously, Dr. Redding was Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, Research Professor of Psychology at Drexel University, and Director of the JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology at Villanova and Drexel Universities. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Dr. Redding specializes in forensic issues in criminal law and juvenile justice, the use of social science research in law and public policy, legal education, the role of sociopolitical attitudes in diversity and interpersonal as well as professional functioning, and the ways in which social and political attitudes influence how science is used in policy making. He has published widely in leading legal and peer-reviewed scientific journals, and has co-authored or co-edited four books.
Dr. Redding is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a distinction awarded "in recognition of outstanding and unusual contributions to the science and profession of psychology." He also is Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, for "sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology," and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has received awards for his work from the American-Psychology Law Society and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences, and his work is widely cited (over 4,000 times to date) in legal and scientific journals and treatises. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Psychology Public Policy and Law, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and was formerly the Associate Editor of the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice.
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Nidhi Parikh Vogt

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
(714) 628-2681
Nidhi Parikh Vogt is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Dean Vogt earned her B.A. at Vanderbilt University and her J.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in California and brings over a decade of experience in law school administration including student and alumni relations, admissions, career development, and Title IX investigations.
After law school, Dean Vogt also ran and managed her own solo practice where she specialized in trusts and estates. Prior to joining Fowler School of Law, she served as an Assistant Dean for Students, first at Whittier Law School and then at Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. Dean Vogt is the law school’s liaison between students and the administration and faculty. Her current duties include administration of student affairs through personalized counsel and guidance, programming, communication, and engagement.
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Justin Cruz

Assistant Dean of Admission and Diversity Initiatives
(714) 628-2594
Justin Cruz earned his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering with Honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and his JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. While in law school, Dean Cruz was Managing Editor of the Washington University Law Review and received the CALI Excellence Award for his work in the Intellectual Property and Business Formation Clinic. After graduating from Washington University, Dean Cruz worked in the area of intellectual property law as in-house counsel for a fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Chapman, he served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, and as Assistant Director of Admission at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) in San Diego, California. In addition, Dean Cruz was an adjunct professor at TJSL where he taught in the Intellectual Property Law Practicum course. Prior to his career in law, Dean Cruz worked as an engineer for Caterpillar, Inc.
He currently serves in various diversity leadership positions, including as a member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Committee, as a standing executive committee member for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals (AMLSDP), and as a board member of the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association. He also previously served as Vice Chair for the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyer’s Division Minorities in the Profession Committee (MIPC) and Mentorship Chair for the Law School Admissions Minority Network Group.
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Susie Park

Assistant Dean for Career Services
(714) 628-2626
A native of Southern California, Dean Park graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in English and then went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the USC Gould School of Law. As a law student, she served as a legal writing fellow and editor of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. Following law school, Dean Park worked as a corporate associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP and McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where she focused her work on mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions. She then worked as a freelance attorney in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Prior to joining the Chapman Fowler School of Law, Dean Park served as the Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development at Whittier Law School. Her current duties as Assistant Dean include overall administration of the Career Services office, counseling students and alumni, maintaining and establishing relationships with employers, and acting as a liaison between students, alumni and employers.
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Linda Kawaguchi

Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Library Director and Professor of Law
(714) 628-2537
Linda Kawaguchi has two decades of law school library experience, including positions at Berkeley Law at University of California - Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Michigan, and Gonzaga University School of Law. She attended the University of Idaho where she received a B.A. in English; University of Washington, where she received a M.S. in Library Science; and, University of Idaho, where she received a JD. Linda is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, American Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools, and more than a dozen additional library and law-related organizations. She has presented numerous papers on advanced legal research, critical thinking and legislative intent. She teaches advanced legal research.
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Dr. Ronald L. Steiner

Director of Law Graduate Programs and Professor
(714) 628-7356
Dr. Ronald L. Steiner oversees the LL.M. program at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He earned a B.A. from Lafayette College; an M.A. from University of Delaware; a JD (Order of the Coif) from the University of Southern California Law School; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Steiner served as a clerk for Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as an extern for Justice Miriam Vogel of the California Court of Appeal. He worked for several years with the major international law firm of Sidley Austin, handing appellate and law-intensive litigation, including telecommunications regulatory proceedings before the FCC. In addition, he served in 1999 and 2000 as Deputy Counsel on the California Governor’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Hate Groups. On a recent leave from the Fowler School of Law, he served as a temporary Deputy District Attorney for Orange County, California, handling misdemeanor arraignments, felony preliminary hearings, and a six-day jury trial. His scholarship generally examines the intersections of law and public policy, including his doctoral dissertation, “The Interpretation of Treaties and the Constitution of Native American Identity” (1993). His recent articles on “The Rise and Fall of Miranda Warnings in Popular Culture” and “Policy Oscillations in California’s Law of Premises Liability” have been extensively cited in legal scholarship and commentary. Dr. Steiner also has taught in Chapman University’s Political Science Department and undergraduate Honors Program. He was named Chapman’s Faculty Member of the Year in 2006, and is the winner of a number of other teaching awards. He has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legislation, Private Law as Public Policy, Criminal Law in the Political Process and Introduction to American Law (international LL.M.).
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George Willis

Director of the Tax Law Clinic, Associate Clinical Professor and Administrator of the Graduate Tax Programs
(714) 628-2531
George Willis earned his B.S. in Finance from California State University, Long Beach and earned his JD from the Chapman University Fowler School of Law. He has achieved numerous advanced certifications in varied areas of development. Prior to joining Fowler, he was a sole practitioner in tax, business and estate planning. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service, Estate and Gift Tax Division, and at the First American Corporation under their general counsel. As a member of the ABA section for Taxation, he is actively involved with the Committee for Low Income Taxpayers and serves as the moderator of their listserv. He also performs pro bono work as a member of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Bono Panel, and as an attorney-volunteer for the Public Law Center in Orange County, California. George is also a popular speaker in the fields of estate planning, business and tax matters at private events throughout Southern California. He has taught Tax Procedure and Administration Clinic, U.S. Tax Court Clinic and Wills & Trusts.
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Maryam Isles

(714) 628-2522
Maryam Isles is responsible for administering the school's academic operations relating to registration, schedule of classes, records maintenance, examinations, grades, and graduation. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to joining Chapman, she served as director of student services and as registrar for the Southern California College of Business & Law, where she also taught as part-time faculty for general education courses. Since 1999, she has served as admissions coordinator and counselor for the Fowler School of Law admissions office, becoming registrar in 2001. She is a member of the American Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO) and the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (PACRAO), and has presented at AACRAO's and PACRAO’s conferences. She also served as an area representative (2007 – 2008) and board member (2008 – 2011) for the National Network of Law School Officers.
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Kelly Farano

Director of Administrative Operations
(714) 628-2693
Kelly Farano earned dual B.S. degrees in Finance, Real Estate and Law and International Business from California State University, Long Beach, and earned her MBA from Chapman University Argyros School of Business & Economics. Before becoming Fowler School of Law’s business manager in 2017, she worked since 2010 at Laguna Woods Village as a financial services manager, budget and financial planning supervisor, and budget analyst. She previously worked at the Irvine Company as a commissions staff accountant and at Blackdot Wireless as a junior financial analyst.