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Friday, December 19, 2008


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Court Commissioner Kirkland Nyby Sets Retirement Date


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Kirkland Nyby will be retiring from the bench on Jan. 9, a court official said yesterday.

Nyby, 64, was elected a Los Angeles Municipal Court commissioner in 1992 after returning from a 15-month cruise of the South Pacific with his family aboard a 58-foot schooner he had built himself. He became a Superior Court commissioner in 2000 through unification and currently sits in Burbank.

This will be his second retirement from the court. He took an early retirement from his position as a commissioner with the Santa Anita Municipal Court in 1991 after a over a decade of service as a full-time commissioner, and after having spent two years as a part-time commissioner with the Santa Anita and Culver municipal courts.

The commissioner also served as the assistant directing attorney for the Los Angels Municipal Courtís planning and research unit from 1976 until 1979.

For the three years before Nyby entered private practice in 1974, he and his wife sailed around the world on a catamaran. Nyby worked at a variety of jobs at various jobs at ports of call, including a yearlong stint as a contract attorney for the Attorney Generalís office in American Samoa.

Nyby graduated from USC in 1966, and from UCLA law school in 1969. He volunteered for a year with the Western Center of Law and Poverty and worked for a year as a Los Angeles county deputy public defender before embarking on his global journey.


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