Happy Trials err… Trails, Justice Michael Ryan
Yesterday Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael Ryan announced that, after twenty four years of service, he will be retiring on August 6th, 2010. Before beginning his legal career, Justice Ryan served his country honorably as a Marine Corps Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. As a Marine he earned two purple hearts, as well as a Bronze Star and a combat “V” for actions in combat. Justice Ryan began his legal career in 1977 after earning his J.D. Degree from the Arizona State University Law School. He began practicing as a Deputy County Attorney at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, then served as a Judge for the Maricopa County Superior Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and then was appointed a Justice of Arizona Supreme Court.
In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch told the Republic “His (Justice Ryan’s) service to our country, our state and this court is to be commended…It has been an honor to serve next to him.” (Arizona Republic, Wednesday June 2nd 2010.) Ms. Beauchamp recalls meeting Justice Ryan in 1991 while she was clerking for now-retired Supreme Court Justice James Moeller and Ryan was a Judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court. Ms. Beauchamp commented Justice Ryan always had “The intellect and temperament well suited for a judgeship.”