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Hon. Judith M. Ryan (Ret.) Receives Project Youth OC Volunteer Excellence Award

Award recognizes individual’s commitment to the regional community and to the mission of Project Youth OC

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Irvine, Calif. – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that Hon. Judith M. Ryan (Ret.) has received the Project Youth Orange County Bar Foundation’s Volunteer Excellence Award. The award was presented during the organization’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception.

Each year, Project Youth OC hosts an event to honor its members and present a series of awards, including selecting one member to receive the Volunteer Excellence Award. Judge Ryan was recognized for her ongoing commitment to helping the foundation reach its fundraising goals that make its education, diversion and health programs possible.

We congratulate Judge Ryan on this recognition and applaud her for the work she’s done to support Project Youth OC and the organization’s mission. JAMS is grateful to have her on our panel.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

In addition to this honor, Judge Ryan was one of the previous recipients of the Project Youth OCBF’s Robert Sam Barnes Award (the Sammy) in 1998 and the Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award in 2018.

Project Youth OCBF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth in school healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring and family strengthening. The programs of Project Youth OCBF empower youth and families to make positive choices, building the foundation for a lifetime of opportunity and success.

Judge Ryan has been a full-time mediator and arbitrator since 1989 and has nearly a decade of experience as a judge in both the Orange County municipal and superior courts. During her distinguished career on the Orange County Superior Court, she handled complex litigation, presided over more than 500 settlement conferences and served as supervising judge of the Law and Motion Department for two years. She has over three decades of experience resolving civil disputes as a lawyer, judge and arbitrator through trials, arbitrations, mediations and voluntary settlement conferences.

To learn more about Project Youth OCBF and its contributions to the Orange County community, please visit

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach. 

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators. 

With a roster of over four hundred neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings. 

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