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FOURTH DISTRICT JUSTICE TO GO INTO ADR WORK James Ward, a justice on Riverside’s Fourth District Court of Appeal for more than nine years, is retiring. The 69-year-old appointee of Republican Gov. Pete Wilson announced Friday that he will leave the bench on Oct. 31 to join a private firm providing alternative dispute resolution. “The entire court laments the loss of an esteemed colleague and friend,” Presiding Justice Manuel Ramirez said in a prepared statement, “but we celebrate Justice Ward’s unique life and distinguished career as lawyer and jurist.” Ward was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., and graduated from the University of South Dakota. He got his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1959, then served two years in the U.S. Army � rising from private to first sergeant � and continuing in the Army Reserve for four years while starting his legal career. Ward worked as a deputy district attorney in Riverside County for two years in the early ’60s, then three years at Riverside’s Badger, Schulte & Ward before litigating civil and media cases for 19 years at Riverside’s Thompson & Colegate. Wilson appointed Ward to the Riverside County Superior Court in 1993, then elevated him three years later to the appellate bench. According to Friday’s press release, as an appellate justice Ward has authored 43 published cases, hundreds of unpublished cases, and participated in thousands of appellate decisions. He also has served as a mediator in the appellate settlement program of the Fourth District’s Division Two. � Mike McKee

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