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Chief Justice Ron D. Parraguirre

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Chief Justice Ron D. Parraguirre is a fourth-generation Nevadan and a second-generation judge. His family emigrated from the Basque country to western Nevada in the 1870’s to ranch the country south of Carson City. However, law was in the family’s blood. Chief Justice Parraguirre’s great aunt was a law school graduate, although she did not practice law. The Chief’s father, Paul, and his two uncles all graduated from the University of Denver School of Law. Paul Parraguirre eventually became a Fifth Judicial District Court Judge.

Chief Justice Parraguirre graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law. After law school, he went to work in Washington, D.C. for then U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt and soon became counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, subcommittee on criminal law. Chief Justice Parraguirre returned to Nevada two years later to join his father in private practice. He became managing partner and took over the practice when Paul Parraguirre was appointed to the District Court bench. Chief Justice Parraguirre’s judicial career began in 1991 when he won a seat on the Las Vegas Municipal Court. He was reelected twice and served until Governor Kenny Guinn appointed him in 1999 to a seat on the Eighth Judicial District Court. Throughout his tenure on the bench, Chief Justice Parraguirre has received, and maintained, some of the highest ratings in judicial performance evaluations.

As a district judge, Chief 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 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. Prior to his election to the high court, Chief 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. Since his election to the Supreme Court, he served as Supreme Court Liaison on the Article 6 Commission, serves on the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada, is currently in charge of the Senior Judge program, as well as the Supreme Court Settlement Conference program, and chairs the Commission to Study the Rules and Statutes relating to Judicial Discipline and Update the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct. He also serves on the Court’s recently formed Commission to Study the Adjudication of Water Law Cases.

Chief Justice Parraguirre won his seat on the Nevada Supreme Court in 2004. His current term ends in 2023.


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