Ronald L. Ruiz is the author of a memoir, A Lawyer (2012), and four novelsHappy Birthday Jesús (1994), Giuseppe Rocco (1998), The Big Bear (2003), and Jesusita (2015). Born and raised in Fresno, California, Ron was educated at St. Mary's College, California, University of California, Berkeley, and University of San Francisco. He practiced law from 1966 to 2003 as a Deputy District Attorney, a criminal defense attorney, and a Deputy Public Defender. He was appointed to the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 1974 and later served as the District Attorney of Santa Cruz County, California.