I was saddened to learn that Ralph Brock—the first chair of the State Bar Appellate Section and one of my predecessors as editor of The Appellate Advocate—passed away on July 14, 2013.

Ralph was extremely personable and was in many ways ahead of his time. In recent years, he served as chair of the State Bar Computer and Technology Section (whose announcement appears here) and on the State Bar Web Services Committee. Future lawyers will benefit from his work with these groups. Most notably, Ralph was instrumental in making commonly used statutes and rules available to Computer and Technology Section members at no cost via the Section’s iPad app.

Rest in peace, Ralph. You will be missed.

Update: A 2005 interview Ralph gave as part of the Appellate Section’s history project is available here.