Wendy Parker

Wendy Parker

Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
James A. Webster Professor of Public Law

Wendy Parker loved law school so much that she decided to become a law professor. Her passion for the law derives from her interest in discovering and exploring the complexities of legal norms with her students and from her desire in employing the law for social change. Her research focuses on identifying solutions for how the law has created – intentionally and unintentionally – inequalities in employment and education. Her work has been published by the Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Washington University Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, and Hastings Law Journal, among others. In 2012, Professor Parker became the James A. Webster Professor of Public Law. In 2006, she received the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award. She joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2003 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she twice won the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Before teaching, she litigated school desegregation cases as a Skadden Arps Fellow and staff attorney for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Her articles on SSRN may be downloaded here.

Twitter: @ProfWendyParker
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  • JD, honors, University of Texas School of Law, 1990
  • BA, magna cum laude, University of Texas, 1986


Book Chapters

  • Brown's 60th Anniversary: A Story of Judicial Isolation, in The Pursuit of Racial and Ethnic Equality in American Public Schools: Mendez, Brown, and Beyond 97-117 (2015).
  • The Story of Grutter v. Bollinger: Affirmative Action Wins, in Education Law Stories 83-110 (2007).



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Wendy Parker
Contact Information

Worrell 2115
  • Civil Litigation & Procedure
  • Civil Rights/Anti-Discrimination Laws
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Remedies
  • Sex Discrimination