Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, June 27, 2012


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Longtime Commissioner George Kalinski to Retire


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Longtime Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner George Kalinski is retiring, effective Saturday, a court spokesperson said.

Kalinski, a bench officer for nearly 35 years and a longtime fixture at the Long Beach courthouse, had his last workday June 15. Judge Sally Meloch will move into his courtroom, which is Dept. 3, on Monday.

Kalinski, 76, is a Michigan native who earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit before joining the Army as a JAG officer. He left active service in 1963, the same year he was admitted to the State Bar of California, and earned an LL.M. in International Law from Harvard Law School in 1964.

He served in the Army Reserve, to the rank of colonel, and was a JAG instructor

He joined a Los Angeles firm before opening his own practice in Marina del Rey in 1969. He practiced there until 1975 when he was named an administrative law judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, based in Upland.

He was serving with the CUIAB when the Los Angeles Superior Courtís judges named him a commissioner in October 1977, and he took the oath the following month.

He also taught business law at Los Angeles City College for many years and has served on the Advisory Committee of the St. Thomas More Society, a Catholic legal group known for its sponsorship of the annual Red Mass.


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