Former chief justice Gunderson dies at 80 |

Former chief justice Gunderson dies at 80

(AP) – E.M. “Al” Gunderson, who served on the Nevada Supreme Court for 18 years, has died at his home in Las Vegas. He was 80.

A Minnesota native who worked as a blackjack dealer in downtown Las Vegas in his early 20s, Gunderson settled in Nevada in 1957 and was a practicing attorney until 1970, when he began the first of three, six-year terms on the state’s high court.

He took a teaching post at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1989 before returning to Nevada in 1991.

Lupe, his wife of 45 years, says her husband was a champion for the underdog who tried to ensure everyone was treated fairly under the law.

The family says private services are planned.