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JAMS ADDS LONGTIME ORANGE COUNTY JUDGE John Woolley, a judge for 21 years on the Orange County Superior Court and a former president of the California Judges Association, is joining JAMS. Woolley, 66, began work Thursday at JAMS’ Orange County office, where he will take on both mediations and arbitrations. During his career on the bench, Woolley presided over civil and criminal trials and participated in more than 300 settlement conferences. His most recent assignments include the Civil Trial Panel and the Complex Civil Litigation Panel. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jerry Brown in 1982. “I have always believed that it is important to continue to challenge oneself professionally and personally,” said Woolley. Woolley retired from the bench at the end of February. In April, he ran the Boston marathon, his 31st marathon since taking up the practice in 1993. In addition to his experience as a trial judge, Woolley also served as president of the California Judges Association from 1989 to 1990, as well as numerous other professional legal organizations. – Alexei Oreskovic PERKINS COIE ADDS TO EMPLOYMENT GROUP Perkins Coie beefed up its month-old employment practice in San Francisco with the hire Thursday of Mark Schickman from Cooper, White & Cooper. Schickman, a former president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, has been with San Francisco’s Cooper, White for the past four years. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at the San Francisco office of Fox & Grove, a now-defunct Chicago firm. Schickman said the move to Perkins enables him to draw upon a wider range of resources for his clients, which includes large labor and employment practices in Los Angeles and the firm’s Seattle headquarters. “It’s an opportunity to build a labor group that can stand toe-to-toe with any labor group in the country,” Schickman said. A diligent volunteer for legal organizations, Schickman got to know Perkins partners through his volunteer work with the American Bar Association. A 1974 graduate of Columbia Law School, Schickman is active locally as well. He served as BASF president in 1996 and is a member of the California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. James Black, the managing partner of Perkins’ San Francisco office, said Schickman’s professional activities outside the office, which were attractive to the firm, give him a deeper understanding of his area of law. Schickman is the second employment partner Perkins has hired in as many months. In April the firm added David Ongaro from Philadelphia’s Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. – Renee Deger

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