Date and Time
Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 9 a.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion
Join degree candidates, family, friends, faculty, staff and administrators for the 2011 Commencement and conferral of law degrees. The procession begins at 8:45 am.
Law School Reception
Hahn University Center, Forums A & B
Immediately following Commencement
2011 Commencement Speaker
Justice Ron D. Parraguirre, '85, is the Chief Justice for the Nevada Supreme Court. Justice Parraguirre began his legal career in Washington, D.C., working for then U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt and later becoming counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, subcommittee on criminal law. He returned to Nevada two years later to join his father in private practice. Justice Parraguirre’s judicial career began in 1991 when he won a seat on the Las Vegas Municipal Court. He was re-elected twice and served until Governor Kenny Guinn appointed him in 1999 to a seat at the Eighth Judicial District Court. Throughout his tenure on the bench, Justice Parraguirre has received, and maintained, some of the highest ratings in judicial performance evaluations.
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. Prior to his election to the high court, Justice Parraguirre was the presiding Civil Judge in the Eighth Judicial District Court. During 2004, he served as President of the Nevada District Judges Association. Justice Parraguirre won his current seat on the Nevada Supreme Court in 2004.
Law School Commencement 2011 Webcast
USD School of Law graduation ceremonies will be webcast live on the internet and will be archived for later viewing. Watch the Commencement here.