A Filipino-American lawyer and founding officer of the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by California Governor Edmund Brown on July 16.
Julian Recana, a deputy district attorney for the LA County District Attorney's Office since 1999, will join his father, Mel "Red" Recana, on the bench of the largest unified US trial court with 18 others.
The elder Recana was also appointed by Brown during his first term at governorship 34 years ago.
According to the PABA, Recana was recently promoted to deputy district attorney grade IV in February and currently serves in the Hardcore Gang Division in Downtown Los Angeles.
Some of the cases that Recana handled at Long Beach in 2014 include the conviction of a woman for shooting a male friend in 2011 and the trial of a man eligible for the death penalty for murders in 1996 and 2007.
The Fil-Am judge was a recipient of the California Journal For Filipino American in 2014 and volunteers for Project LEAD, a 20-week law-related program teaching fifth graders about "the law and help them recognize the social and legal consequences of criminal behavior."
Recana took his undergraduate studies at the University of California - Berkley, receiving a degree in economics in 1992 before earning his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1998. —Rie Takumi/ALG, GMA News