Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, December 31, 2001


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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gunn, Commissioner Price Slate Retirements


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Gunn and Superior Court Commissioner Michael Price have slated retirements, the MetNews has learned.

Gunn, 77, will officially retire Feb. 13 after using accumulated vacation time, a court official said. His last day on the bench was Dec. 20.†

Gunn ran for the Los Angeles Municipal Court several times in the 1980s and was elected in† November 1988 to an open seat vacated by Judge James E. Satt.. He then received an appointment from then-Gov. George Deukmejian when Satt retired prior to the commencement of the full term.

Gunn was commissioner of the same court from 1967 to 1989, overseeing a criminal master calendar court, among other assignments.† Previously, he worked as a general practitioner in Canoga Park and as Los Angeles deputy city attorney in the criminal division from 1955 to 1961.†

He became a Superior Court judge last year through unification

A lifelong Southern California resident, he received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and joined the schoolís board of trustees in 1985.† He received one bachelors degree each in business administration and political science from UCLA and was admitted to the California Bar in 1955.

Price, 64, was appointed commissioner by judges of the court in 1971. Like Gunn, he is using accrued vacation time.

He will officially retire Jan. 21.

Born in Hungary, he immigrated to the United States in 1939 and was a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney from 1962 to 1971.†

He received his law degree from Harvard and an undergraduate philosophy degree from UCLA.†

†Another veteran commissioner, Manly D. Caloff, retired last week at age 70 after more than 33 years of service.

Caloff spent most of his career hearing family law cases in the San Fernando Valley, and wrote and lectured often on family law issues. He also taught for 10 years as an adjunct professor at University of San Fernando Valley College of Law.

The native of Winnipeg, Canada graduated from UCLA, earning his bachelorís degree in 1953 and a law degree three years later. He spent the first five years of his career as a deputy state attorney general, representing public agencies, then spent six years in private practice, first with a law firm and then as corporate counsel to a pair of financial institutions, before being named a commissioner.


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