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Our History: Featured Alumni/ae: Cameron, James D., LL.M. 1982

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James Duke Cameron

Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court

James Duke Cameron was born in Richmond, California in 1925 and raised in Arizona. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950 and his J.D. from the University of Arizona in 1954. He practiced law in Yuma, Arizona. He first served as a judge on the Superior Court of Yuma County during 1960-1961. He later became a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1965-1971 and then became a Justice on the Arizona Supreme Court from 1971 until his retirement in 1992. He earned an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982. He served as Chairman of the Judicial Administration division of the American Bar Association, as well as the Conference of Chief Justices. He strongly promoted the continuing education of appellate judges such as the program at UVA Law. He died on May 23, 2003.

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