A Fond Vaarwel…
After more than 25 years’ service on the Editorial Board of California Litigation, 27 years to be precise, the Honorable William Rylaarsdam, Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three, is stepping down from the Board. Justice Rylaarsdam started writing for California Litigation in 1988 and joined the Board in 1993. Since then he has not only written numerous Judicial Opinion columns and articles for the publication, but also has solicited an incredible number of articles from other authors. Perhaps his most important contribution to the journal has been his steady influence on and wise direction of the Editorial Board and the work it does.
A dinner honoring Justice Rylaarsdam for his long service to the Board, was held in San Francisco on January 17, 2015. Not only were many Editorial Board members present, but so were Justice Rylaarsdam’s wife, daughter and other long-time friends, as well as other notables, including Litigation Section Chair Carol Kuluva and Vice-Chair Ben Ginsburg.
Long-time Board members, Tom McDermott and Joan Wolff shared stories with the group about Justice Rylaarsdam’s background and his contributions not only to the publication, but to the legal profession itself. Justice Rylaarsdam’s own comments closing the dinner were delightful: He provided insight into his legal career and hilariously shared the fact that when he began the night program at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, the tuition was an astonishing $12.50 per unit.
It has been an honor and privilege to have Justice Rylaarsdam dedicate so much time, energy, and effort to making California Litigation the outstanding publication it is. He will be sorely missed, but his joy in looking forward to spending more time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and more time crafting his appellate decisions on the Court of Appeal, eases our transition. We all wish the best for him.