Monday, November 25, 2013
Judge John Meigs to Retire From Superior Court
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Meigs is retiring, a court spokesperson said Friday.
No date was given, but a retirement dinner is scheduled for Meigs, the longtime site judge in Inglewood, on Jan. 17. The judge could not be reached for comment.
The 66-year-old jurist was a commissioner of the Inglewood Municipal Court from 1989 until October 1993, when then-Gov. Pete Wilson made him a judge of that court. He became a Superior Court judge through unification in 2000.
Meigs attended UCLA, where he majored in engineering, from 1965 to 1967, then joined the U.S. Army, attending military intelligence school and serving in Vietnam. He ultimately attained the rank of captain, leaving the service in 1971.
He earned an undergraduate degree from California State University, Los Angeles in 1974, while majoring in economics and working for the Los Angeles County Flood Control District as an engineering aide He later worked for the county as a building inspector while attending Loyola Law School, from which he graduated in 1978.
He attended law school on the GI Bill of Rights, and in recent years served on the advisory board of Loyola’s Military Veterans Justice Project. He has also served as a mock trial judge for the school’s Judge Stephen O’Neil Trial Advocacy Mentoring Program
He left the building inspector job in 1981, and practiced for a time in the office of Beverly Hills attorney Bob S. Bowers before he became a deputy public defender. He was deputy in charge of the Hollywood branch office when he left in 1987 to become a founding partner of McKinney, Peters, Granville & Meigs, where he worked until his appointment as a commissioner.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, he served 10 years on the board of the John M. Langston Bar Association, including service as the group’s president in 1988.
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