Obituary: Stanley Parness

, New York Law Journal


Stanley Parness, a former presiding justice of the Appellate Term, First Department, died unexpectedly on July 8. He was 85.

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  • Pierre Turner

    I met Justice Parness in 1978. I was a law assistant to Judge William Loguen in Bronx Supreme Court and Justice Parness was an acting Supreme Court judge. I remember that I met him within my first week in the court. He was very gracious and stated to me that if he could ever be of any assistance to me don‘t hesitate to ask. We became reacquainted about 4 years later in the Appellate Term where I was a principal law clerk to Justice Jawn Sandifer. As a result I would interact with Justice Parness on a regular basis. He was a wonderful judge but more importantly he was gracious and unassuming human being. I would see him occasionally through the years. i saw him once after I had been appointed to the New York City Housing Court. He congratulated me and stated that I should refer to him as Stanley. I replied that I could not do that as he will always be in that category of judges whom I held in high esteem. He just smiled and said. "OK".

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