James W. Stewart has dedicated his career as a Superior Court judge to families and children involved in the divorce process. With almost twenty years on the bench, Stewart has served four years as the supervising judge of the Family Court Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court and two years as a supervising judge of the Palo Alto Division. He has been a member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Family Law Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council. He has taught family law to attorneys on behalf of the Rutter Group and Continuing Education of the Bar, and is currently engaged as a private family law judge and mediator, hearing cases that, at the request of the parties, have been assigned to him from public courts. He also occasionally sits on assignment to the public courts by the Judicial Council of California. He is a graduate of Stanford University.