Today (5/22/17), Governor Edmund G. Brown announced the appointment of Commissioner Winston S. Keh and Antoine F. Raphael to judgeships in the Superior Court of San Bernardino County.

Keh, 54, of Stevenson Ranch, has served as a commissioner at the San Bernardino Superior Court since 2015. He was senior litigation attorney at Tharpe and Howell LLP in 2015, senior counsel at Diederich and Associates from 2012 to 2015 and an associate at R. Rex Parris Law Firm in 2012. Keh was a partner at Murphy, Pearson, Bradley and Feeney from 2008 to 2012, senior litigation attorney at Selman Breitman LLP from 2004 to 2008, where he was an associate from 2001 to 2003, and an associate at Weston Herzog in 2005 and at Rapkin, Gitlin and Beaumont from 2003 to 2004. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Los Angeles. Keh fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph R. Brisco. He is a Republican.

Raphael, 47, of Chino Hills, has been a sole practitioner since 2014. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California from 2003 to 2013 and as a law clerk for the Honorable Lourdes G. Baird at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 2002 to 2003. Raphael was an associate at Sidley and Austin LLP from 2001 to 2002. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly, Pomona. Raphael fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Marsha G. Slough to the Court of Appeal. He is a Democrat.

Presiding Judge Raymond L. Haight III said of the appointments, “We are pleased to receive appointments to our bench. We currently have four vacancies with additional vacancies anticipated this year. The San Bernardino Superior Court has an overall need of 48 additional judicial officers and currently has one judge for every approximately 30,000 residents – one of the highest ratios in the state. These appointments will allow us to reopen courtrooms that were recently closed due to lack of judgeships, reduce calendar sizes, and improve access to our courts”.

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