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Parris Institute for Professional Excellence

Developing the Next Generation of Ethical Leaders

The Parris Institute at Pepperdine law is a national model in training professor leadership. The legal profession has always demanded the highest standards of character, integrity, courage, and leadership. However, the demands of fluctuating economies, complex global justice issues, and the increasing trend of corruption has sought to erode the social trust in lawyers in recent decades.


Pepperdine refuses to let the legal profession decline and is committed to rebuilding the core internal character competencies that have marked the great contributions of lawyers throughout human history. The Parris Institute provides the inspiration and substance for students to invest as much in who they are as leaders as they do in what they know as legal scholars. Pepperdine is grateful to Rex and Carrol Parris for establishing this vital institute and we are extremely proud of the profound impact the Parris Institute is having on our students.


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The Parris Institute

Chalak Richards, Assistant Dean of Career Development
Co-Director, Parris Institute for Professional Excellence
(310) 506-7439
chalak.richards@pepperdine.edu

Jessie Fahy, Director of Alumni Relations & Employer Outreach
Co-Director, Parris Institute for Professional Formation 
(310) 506-4762
jessie.fahy@pepperdine.edu

Emily Hiepler
Coordinator, Student Life & Parris Institute for Professional Excellence
emily.groeneveld@pepperdine.edu