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Matt Parlow

Professor, Dean of Fowler School of Law
Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Sports Law; City Government; Local Government Law; Land Use; Urban Redevelopment
Office Location: Kennedy Hall
Scholarly Works:
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Loyola Marymount University, Bachelor of Arts
Yale Law School, Juris Doctor


Prior to joining Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law in 2016, Matthew J. 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). In 2010-11, the students voted Dean Parlow as the winner of the James D. Ghiardi Award for Outstanding Teaching, Student Body Support, and Scholarship. He previously taught at Chapman University School of Law, where he was voted Professor of the Year in 2007-08.

In addition to his administrative duties at the law school, Dean Parlow is on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations and has been appointed to a number of local and state government task forces, including, most recently, the Regional Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force.  He 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.

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 JD 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. from Loyola Marymount University.

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 Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, among other journals.