Top Dog Alumni Awards
James A. Ardaiz, 1970
Outstanding Alumnus Award
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Arts and Humanities: James A. Ardaiz (1970), presiding justice, retired, California Court of Appeal, 5th District.
Ardaiz served the public during his 30-year career in judicial service and helped draft some of California’s most significant legislation, such as the Three Strikes sentencing law. He is also the author of the No. 1 bestseller “Hands Through Stone,” a non-fiction account of the last case resulting in execution in California.