The Honorable Kelvin D. Filer

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department C

Biography

The Hon. Kelvin D. Filer is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2002.

Judge Filer received his B.A. in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1977. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1980.

After graduating from law school, Filer became a deputy state public defender from 1980-1982. In 1982 he entered into private practice. After nine years of practicing law in Compton, he became a court commissioner for the Compton Municipal Court in 1993. After the unification of the courts in 2000, he served as a court commissioner for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He remained in that capacity until his appointment to the bench in 2002.

During his time on the bench, Judge Filer has presided over the Teen Court at Jordan and Compton High Schools. He has also lectured at Compton High School.

Some of his many memberships have included the California Judges Association, the NAACP, and the California Association of Black Lawyers. He has also served on the Compton Chamber of Commerce.

In 2007 Judge Filer received a Distinguished Social Services Alumni Award from his alma mater, U.C. Santa Cruz.

A native of Compton, Filer is a Lakers fan and enjoys writing poetry.