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PABA congratulates Winston Keh’s appointment as court commissioner in San Bernardino

Winston Keh (photo courtesy of http://pabala.org/)

Winston Keh (photo courtesy of http://pabala.org/)

Los Angeles, CA – The Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) congratulates Winston Keh on his appointment as Court Commissioner for the San Bernardino County Superior Court.  He will take his oath of office on November 30, 2015.

Commissioner Keh joined the PABA Board of Governors in 2007.  He served as the President in 2013.  Commissioner Keh also served as a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) in 2012 through 2013.  He is an accomplished litigator with extensive trial experience in defending and prosecuting tort cases and business disputes.  He specializes in catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and transportation law.  He received his J.D. from the University of LaVerne College of Law in 1999, and was admitted in the same year.

Since 2007, Commissioner Keh has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, presiding over traffic and small claims cases.  He also served as a volunteer attorney for the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (formerly Asian Pacific American Legal Center) assisting members of the community with immigration documents and petitions for expungement.  In addition, during his tenure as the President of PABA, Commissioner Keh led a group of Filipino-American attorneys in providing pro-bono legal assistance to members of the Filipino-American community.

“PABA is thrilled to learn that Winston has been appointed as a Court Commissioner,” stated Christine Gonong, PABA President.  “Winston has been a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court for a very long time, so he is equipped with the necessary training, experience, and temperament that will enable him to serve as an excellent commissioner.”

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rob Villeza described Commissioner Keh as “fair, honest, and extremely hard working.”  Winston “possesses all of the best qualities of our finest judicial officers.”  Judge Villeza also added that, “Winston represents the true American dream for many Filipino Americans and immigrants in our country.  From humble beginnings, Winston raised his siblings on his own, worked while he went to school, and went from the mail room to the board room on his faith and sheer will to succeed despite incredible adversity.  He is truly a ‘Rocky’ of our generation, and a role model and inspiration especially for the newer members of our profession.”

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bernie LaForteza, who has known Winston for a long time through the Philippine American Bar Association, also congratulated Winston and stated that, “Winston will be a wonderful bench officer.  I know that he will have a successful career as a judicial officer because he has the intellect and the right demeanor to do so.” 

A court commissioner functions as a temporary judge in court cases pursuant to the stipulation of counsel or parties and is appointed by the judges of the court.  Commissioner Keh will be assigned to the Fontana District Courthouse.

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