UCSD announces appointment to new campus counsel position

January 17, 1997

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Ann Parode, formerly executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of San Diego Financial Corporation, has been appointed to the newly created position of campus counsel at the University of California, San Diego.

"UCSD has grown as an institution to a point that our need for legal guidance requires that we have someone on site," said Richard Attiyeh, interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. "We are fortunate to have an individual with Ann Parode's knowledge and experience to provide general legal advice on a variety of matters that arise daily, including new policy development, academic employment issues and corporate relationships."

The University of California Office of the General Counsel of The Regents, based in Oakland, provides legal counsel for the UC system. Many of the campuses have locally based counsel as well, according to Attiyeh, since the growth of campuses has outpaced the growth of the General Counsel's office. As senior legal advisor to the campus on a wide range of campus issues, Parode will report jointly to the UCSD vice chancellor for academic affairs and the UC General Counsel.

Prior to accepting the new position at UCSD, Parode's career included a number of other firsts, including appointment as the first female attorney at the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps and as the first general counsel for the former San Diego Trust & Savings Bank. She remained with the bank until its sale in 1994, developing the institution's legal department.

In addition to her professional achievements, Parode has extensive community service experience in San Diego. From 1994 to 1996, she served as chairman of the board of the San Diego Community Foundation, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Girard Foundation, the Burnham Institute, and the City of San Diego Employees Retirement System. She was founder of the San Diego County Bar Foundation and served as its president from 1980 to 1983, and is a former president of The Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Among the honors she has received are the San Diego County Bar Association's Community Service Award, and the Woman of Dedication award from the Salvation Army Auxiliary.

Parode holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and earned her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the UCLA School of Law.

She was welcomed to the campus by UCSD Associates at a reception Jan. 17.

(January 17, 1997)