School of Law News
Ron D. Parraguirre '86 to Deliver Law School Commencement Address
San Diego (May 10, 2011) – The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law will confer 390 law degrees on Saturday, May 14, 2011 beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the university’s Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Honorable Ron D. Parraguirre, associate justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and USD School of Law Class of 1985 (JD), will address law school graduates.
Media parking is available in the parking lot next to the Jenny Craig Pavilion where the ceremony will take place.
USD Law Commencement
Saturday, May 14, 2011
About the Commencement Speaker
The Honorable Ron D. Parraguirre, ’85, is an associate justice on the Nevada Supreme Court and, in accordance with Nevada’s rotating system, served as the court’s chief justice in 2010.
Justice Parraguirre earned his juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1985. After law school, he worked for then-U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.) in Washington, D.C. Parraguirre soon became counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, subcommittee on criminal law. He returned to Nevada two years later to join his father, Paul Parraguirre, in private practice. He became managing partner and took over the practice when Paul was appointed to the District Court bench.
Justice Parraguirre’s judicial career began in 1991 when he won a seat on the Las Vegas Municipal Court. He was subsequently re-elected to that position twice and served until his appointment in 1999 by Governor Kenny Guinn to Nevada’s Eighth Judicial District Court, where he served as the court’s presiding civil judge. As a district judge, Justice Parraguirre worked tirelessly, not only on his own caseload, but also while serving on more than a dozen commissions and committees to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the judiciary. Those organizations included the Nevada State-Federal Judicial Council, the Supreme Court Funding Commission, the Access to Justice Resource Center, the Supreme Court Jury Improvement Implementation Committee, the District Court Settlement Conference Committee, the State Bar of Nevada Task Force on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, the State Bar of Nevada Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, Medical Malpractice Rules Committee, the Supreme Court Judicial Election Practices Committee, and he initiated the Eighth Judicial District Court Bench-Bar Committee.
Justice Parraguirre was initially elected to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court in 2004; and was re-elected in 2010. Throughout his tenure on the bench, he has received, and maintained, some of the highest ratings in judicial performance evaluations. His current term ends in 2016.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. The USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.
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