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We Will Miss John Van de Kamp

John K. Van de Kamp (1936-2017) was a man of great stature, conviction, ability and accomplishment. He was a good husband, a good father, a good friend. He was a respected and effective leader in many roles, including his service as the Los Angeles County District Attorney and as our State Attorney General. He was an extremely hard worker and dedicated his life to law and order and to our citizens. He died March 14, 2017.

I got to know John Van de Kamp on a personal basis during our time on the California State Bar’s Board of Governors. He was elected to be the State Bar president the year before me; and I was always grateful for his exemplary leadership, diplomacy and focus, as well as for his kindness toward me, for our relationship, and for his generosity of time, spirit and wisdom in his every day dealings with all those who came into contact with him. He was truly a kind and humble man who wished for, and worked hard for, all people to realize fairness and justice and their best possible outcomes in life.

John Van de Kamp was a man of passion and compassion. He celebrated others. He believed in truth, honor and responsibility; and he lived his life with those lofty standards as his guides. Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney, and I could sing a duet with her words, “John Van de Kamp was one of the most ethical and kind-hearted people I have ever met. He was an admired public servant who dedicated his life to seeking justice.” I greatly admired and respected Mr. John Van de Kamp. I will never forget, and will be eternally grateful for, his friendship and his example. I miss him.

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