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Professor Theodore Parnall

Theodore Parnall

Emeritus Professor of Law
B.A. 1963, University of Michigan
J.D. 1967, University of New Mexico
Member of the New Mexico and New York bars

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-4738
 Office: 3243


Ted Parnall had a 27-year career in U.S. legal education, including serving five years as dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law. In addition, he has worked as a long-term resident legal adviser in more than 10 overseas posts in countries as diverse as: Liberia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Egypt, Tunisia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Madagascar the Kyrgyz Republic and Serbia/Montenegro.

Following graduation from the UNM School of Law in 1967, he practiced law with Paul Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, a major New York City law firm, where he specialized in corporate and securities law. From 1970 to 1997, he taught and advised on business-related subjects, including corporate law and international business transactions.

Since becoming emeritus professor in 1997, he has been the director of projects that include training for the judiciary and for public prosecutors, and he has helped design and implement legal information systems in several countries. His positions have often required a combination of skills including those of corporate legal technician, teacher, facilitator, mediator and administrator.

During the fall 2009 semester, Parnall was the Aitken Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Chapman School of Law, where he taught, "The Role of Law in Developing Countries and Countries in Transition" and "International Business Transactions."

Courses Previously Taught

  • International Business Ethics


Co-editor, Lexicon of Words and Phrases in Selected Laws and Regulations of P.D.R. Lao, (published pursuant to a grant from the Asia Foundation (1992).

Chapter on Liberia for the International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law.


International/Comparative Law

The Importance of On-going Assessment of Court Systems, Vol. 4, No. 1 Griffin’s View (Netherlands, January 2003).

Six issues (1998-1999) of project-authored articles on various law-related activities printed in the Resource Coordination Report, issued by the three UNDP/Hanoi law governance projects.

Current Issues in Criminal Justice Reform in Vietnam, Vietnam Law and Legal Forum (Vol. 6, No. 65, January 2000) (co-author: Dr. Khuat Van Nga, Director, Institute of Procuratorial Science, Supreme Peoples’ Procuracy.

Use of Law Reform for Economic Development: Lessons from the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic. Presented to the Asian Regional Law Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sponsor : The Asia Foundation (September, 1992) (Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Thailand, and Vietnam).

Use of Free Zone Activity to Achieve Small-Scale Economic Benefits without Disruption of General Economic Policy: The Experience of Mexico and Tunisia (co-author: Charles DuMars). Presented and published as part of the Ninth Annual Seminar of Private International Law at the Autonomous University of Ciudad, Juarez, October 1985.

Foreign Investment and Economic Openness in Egypt: Legal Problems and Legislative Adjustments of the First Three Years, The International Lawyer (Fall 1978) (co-author: Jeswald Salacuse), reprinted in Hallawell & Wallace, Negotiating Foreign Investments, A Manual for the Third World, IIE 1982.

Egypt's Efforts to Attract Foreign Investment: A Post-Treaty Prognosis of the Reopening to the West, Middle East Executive Reports (June 1979).

The Senegal Valley Authority: A Unique Experiment in International River Basin Planning Ind., L.J. 235 (1976) (co-author: Albert Utton), reprinted in 43 Ekistics 920 (1977).

Aliens and Real Property in Liberia, 12 J. African L. 64 (1968).

Adverse Possession in Liberia, Liberian Law Journal (1967).

Liberia’s Statute of Intestate Succession, Liberian Law Journal (1967).

Corporate/Securities Law

An Experiment in the Deregulation of Small Securities Offerings --New Mexico's 'K' Exemption, Vol. 1, No. 2 New Mexico Securities Bulletin (1987).

Private and Limited Offerings in 1982: The Evolution of Regulation D, 12 N.M.L. Rev. 633 (1982) (co-author: Bruce Kohl and Curtis Huff).

Use (or Abuse) of Limited Partnership in Financing Real Estate Ventures in New Mexico, 3 N.M.L. Rev. 251 (1973) (co-author: Robert Heyman).

A Survey of the Securities Act of New Mexico, N.M.L. Rev. 1 (1972) co-author: Wilmer Ticer).


The Perils of Intestate Succession in New Mexico and Related Will Problems, 7 Natural Resources Journal 55 (1967) (co-author: D.O. Ingram).

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