Dean Cole has announced that The Honorable Ron D. Parraguirre, Chief Justice for the Nevada Supreme Court and a 1985 USD Law grad, will be the keynote graduation speaker for the Class of 2011.
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, where he has served as Chief Justice for the last seven years.
The graduation ceremony will take place on May 14, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.