Robert Parrish

Portrait of Robert Parrish
Professor of Fundamentals of Lawyering
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Robert Parrish joined the Emory Law faculty in the fall of 2015. He taught first-year legal research and writing and an advanced writing course on writing for the judicial chambers.

Professor Parrish graduated cum laude from Indiana University-Bloomington where he studied History and African American Studies while also competing as a member of the university’s varsity football team. He holds a master’s degree from Duke University in history where he also worked as an archivist for the Behind the Veil Project—an extensive oral history archive of more than 1,400 interviews with African Americans who shared their stories of being raised and living in the Jim Crow south. Professor Parrish was part of a team of researchers who excerpted material from these interviews and provided additional historical perspective that was included in the book Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South, which was published by the New Press and was a companion to the WPA’s oral history project entitled “Remembering Slavery.”

He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the law review and served as an articles editor. After graduation, Professor Parrish clerked for the Honorable Frank Sullivan Jr., at the Indiana Supreme Court and entered private practice after his clerkship with the Indianapolis firm, Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP. His work there focused on resolving complex commercial litigation matters.

Prior to joining the faculty at GW Law, Professor Parrish taught at the Indiana Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His current scholarship is focused on Heir’s Property—land owned in fractional shares among African American family members in Georgia and South Carolina. Professor Parrish’s work seeks to help identify the owners of those shares and maximize the wealth derived from them through the effective use of zoning law in the communities where this land sits.


BA, Indiana University Bloomington; MA, Duke University; JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill