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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.

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