30 Loy. L. A. L. Rev. 1437 (1996-1997)
Memorial Dedication to Judge Richard Gadbois

handle is hein.journals/lla30 and id is 1465 raw text is: MEMORIAL DEDICATION TO JUDGE
Richard J. Ward, Jr.*
Take care, my friend. I'll speak with you soon. This sign-
off was the verbal signature of Judge Richard Gadbois to his
friends, associates, and professional acquaintances at the end of a
meeting or a telephone call. That sign-off will be heard no more,
Judge Gadbois's voice was silenced on October 9, 1996, by his un-
timely death.
My friend, Dick Gadbois, was a judge's judge. Although there
was a time, as a seminarian, that he may have had thoughts of be-
coming a prince of the church-and probably would have been had
he remained in the seminary-he became instead a prototypical
judge whose hobby was studying Canon Law. After honing his
skills in the superior court, he was appointed to the federal district
bench in 1982. The challenges there suited him perfectly, and he
thrived for the next fourteen years. The more challenging the
case, the more he relished it. Tax, securities, criminal, First
Amendment, and intellectual property cases all were received and
dispatched with skill, enthusiasm, and intelligence. He was par-
ticularly proud of never having been reversed by the Federal Cir-
cuit in any of the numerous intellectual property cases he handled.
He loved the turn of a phrase. Oral argument was spirited and
there was always an overtone of receptivity, polished with a certain
amount of humor and levity. Rarely was there ever any display of
During the time I knew him, one of his continuing passions
was tennis, and until he became too ill, he played three or four
times a week, often early in the morning. Never what one would
call a very good player, he loved the competition and carried a
special little glow with him to the bench whenever he and his part-
* Special Master, United States District Court, Central District of California,
1993-1996. Mr. Ward was a lawyer representative from the Central District of Cali-
fornia to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Ward has
practiced for thirty years, specializing in intellectual property with emphasis in tele-
communications and electromechanics.

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