Criminal Law

Crim. Law Journal Winter 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 1


The Criminal Law Section would like to thank long time section advisors Gregory Paraskou and Marshall Schulman. After years of service to the Criminal Law Section, both are retiring from practice.

Gregory Paraskou began practicing law in 1971 after graduating from the University of California Hasting College of the Law. In 1972, he began his 28-year career with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s office. While a deputy public defender, Greg was on the special trials unit, handling many homicides and high profile cases including People v. Richard Farley, a 1988 case involving a mass shooting at a high-tech firm. In 2000, Greg moved to Santa Barbara where he served first as Assistant Public Defender and later, as the Chief Public Defender. Greg served for many years as a member and advisor to the Executive Committee of the State Bar Criminal Law Section. When asked what advice he had for criminal law practitioners, Greg stated, "It is important to remember that your first consideration is what is in the best interests of the client. When you ask that question and answer it honestly, it becomes pretty clear what you have to do." Greg is enjoying his retirement—he is involved with several non-profit organizations and is learning to play the piano.

Marshall Schulman, who will turn 89 this year, first started practicing law in 1953 after graduating from Loyola Law School. He began working as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1956. As a prosecutor, Marshall handled several high profile cases, including prosecution of the "Onion Field" murder case. After nearly 10 years of service as a prosecutor, Marshall left the office to begin a successful criminal defense practice in Santa Ana. In 2002, Marshall moved his practice to San Francisco, a location closer to his wife’s family. He served for many years as a member and then advisor of the Executive Committee of the State Bar Criminal Law Section. He states that what he liked most about his service on the Committee was "the camaraderie between the defense lawyers and prosecutors." Marshall was instrumental in implementing the policy of balancing defense and prosecution members on the Committee. In addition to his service to the Criminal Law Section, Marshall was a past President of the Orange County chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, was elected into the American College of Trial Attorneys and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and was one of the founders of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He was instrumental in developing the State Bar Criminal Law Specialization program. When asked to sum up his thoughts about the practice of criminal law, Marshall stated, "It is the most challenging, interesting, and rewarding area of the practice of law. I enjoy my colleagues and my opponents. I find that it is a highly ethical practice, which is surprising to most people. I am going to miss it terribly."

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