Kelvin D. Filer’s Poetry Book Depicts Humble Origins of a Los Angeles Judge

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“Race Ipsa Loquitur” chronicles a long journey to success through rhyme and verse.

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Race Ipsa Loquitur: A Poetic Diary of My Journey from Compton to the Los Angeles Superior Court Bench is not just an ordinary poetry collection, it is a recollection of author and Los Angeles Superior Court Justice Kelvin D. Filer’s arduous life journey. It chronicles his humble beginnings as a young boy who became a lawyer, a politician and a judge, a dream career that was nonetheless fraught with the perils of racism, a difficult divorce, and the vice of alcoholism, which the author strove to overcome in his pursuit of success.

“Life is a journey with obstacles, but never, ever give up on seeking your dream!” This is the uplifting message Filer wishes to impart upon his readers by sharing an account of his struggles. Through his book, readers can not only empathize with him, they can also learn from his victories. His life story depicts a black man in a positive role, reflecting the racial division of his era, and how universal human commonalities overcame them, culminating in Filer’s ascension into the office of Superior Court Judge. The struggle depicted in this memoir and the resultant achievement will undoubtedly resonate with readers encountering similar difficulties in their lives.

Race Ipsa Loquitur is a diary written entirely through poetry, portraying a young black man struggling with divorce, and showcasing how family values and sheer determination helped Filer overcome the adversities in his life. The rhymes and verses in his work tell an inspiring story that will certainly inspire and uplift readers everywhere.

This book will be featured at the 2013 California Library Book Exhibit in Long Beach, California, on November 3 - 5, 2013.

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About the Author
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer, was born, raised, and educated in Compton, California. He went to the University of California at Santa Cruz where he majored in politics, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977, graduating with honors. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1980. In 1980, he started practicing law as a Deputy State Public Defender for two years. In 1982, he opened his own private law practice in his hometown and maintained a general criminal/civil practice “with an emphasis on criminal defense work.” In July 1993, he became a commissioner for the Compton Municipal Court and later served as a Superior Court Commissioner after unification of the courts in 2000. On August 8, 2002, Governor Gray Davis appointed him as a judge of the Superior Court in Los Angeles. He asked that his assignment remain in Compton. He currently presides over a long cause felony trial court.

RACE IPSA LOQUITUR * by Kelvin D. Filer
A Poetic Diary of My Journey from Compton to the Los Angeles Superior Court Bench
Publication Date: December 10, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 188 pages; 978-1-4568-3034-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 188 pages; 978-1-4568-3035-9
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-3036-6

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