Thursday, August 8, 2002
Merced Deputy County Counsel Appointed to Superior Court
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Merced Deputy County Counsel Wayne R. Parrish was appointed yesterday to the Mariposa Superior Court by Gov. Gray Davis.
Parrish, 64, defeated Mariposa District Attorney Christine Johnson in the March primary election to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carlos C. LaRoche. He was scheduled to take office next January, but yesterdayís appointment allows him to take his seat on the bench this year.
A former Los Angeles Deputy County Counsel, Parrish has 36 years of trial experience, trying more than 550 cases during his career, including approximately 200 jury trials.
Parrish logged 22 years with the Los Angeles County Counselís office before moving to Mariposa County in 1988. While serving as Merced Deputy County Counsel, Parrish also maintained a private practice, handling estate planning, probate, conservatorship and family law cases, from the time he moved from Los Angeles until January.
Parrish is past chair of the Probate and Mental Health Section of the California County Counselís Association and is a member of the Mariposa County Assessment Appeals Board. He is also the first vice president of the Mariposa Lyons Club and a member of the Mariposa County Bar Association.
He also volunteers with the Ponderosa Basin Volunteer Fire Department and helps out at the Mariposa Middle School.
Parrish attended the University of Southern California, earning both his undergraduate and law degrees from the school.
He will receive a salary of $139,476.
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