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Monday, May 15, 2006


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Judges Flynn and Adajian Schedule Retirements for Next Month

Commissioner Mosley Also States Departure From Bench


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Paul G. Flynn and Jacob Adajian and Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Beverly E. Mosley are retiring this month, the MetNews has learned.

Flynn, 66, who left his Santa Monica courtroom earlier this month, is using accrued vacation time and will officially retire on June 5 after 17 years on the bench.

“It’s a great job,” Flynn said, adding, “Very few jobs can be as much fun or satisfying.” He also said, “I loved every minute of it, but it was just time.”

He said he plans to spend time with his grandchildren and in Santa Barbara where he is building a new home. He will also join ADR Services here in Los Angeles, where he will also maintain a home.

Deukmejian Appointee

Upon graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1968, Flynn worked for O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1971 where he worked on federal cases involving narcotics, tax evasion and mail fraud until 198, when he joined the Los Angeles  firm of Walter, Finestone & Richter. Before being appointed to the bench by then-Gov. George Deukmejian in 1989, he taught criminal law at Southwestern University from 1981 to 1985 and at Pepperdine University from1985 until his appointment.

Adajian, 70, will also retire on June 5, after almost 21 years of judicial service. He is currently on vacation and was unavailable Friday for comment.

Adajian, who dropped out of school at 17 to help support his family, began his legal career at the age of 33 in 1969, after graduating from Southwestern University School of Law. His first legal job was in the Criminal Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where he worked until 1972 when he opened his own criminal defense practice in Encino.

In 1983 he associated with the Law Offices of John Ash. He became Ash’s partner in 1987, and eventually they renamed the firm Ash and Adajian.

Represented Former Judge

In 1991 he represented then-Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Edward Davenport on a charge of drunk driving. Davenport, who was arrested in Beverly Hills  on his way home from a meeting of a lawyers’ group, pled no contest to a reduced charge of reckless driving and paid a $400 fine after two trials on the more serious charge ended in hung juries.

Then-Gov. Pete Wilson appointed Adajian, a Democrat, to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1995. He became a Superior Court judge through unification in 2000 and currently sits in Long Beach.

Mosley, who sits in San Pedro, will retire on June 30. She was in trial Friday and unavailable for comment.

After graduating from Loyola University Law School in 1977, Mosley worked for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office from 1978 to 1984, and with the Los Angeles firm Veasey & Gary from 1985 to 1987, when she was appointed a Los Angeles Municipal Court commissioner. She sat at the Metropolitan Courthouse early in her career, and became a Superior Court commissioner through unification in 2000.


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