By Jean A. Flanagan
When Keshia Tenorio started her college career, she didn’t study law, she studied sociology.
“I always wanted to be a lawyer,” Tenorio said. “But I wanted to work with families and children. I wanted to understand people and family dynamics.”
Tenorio is the new Hardy County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. She will be responsible for abuse and neglect cases in circuit court and misdemeanors in magistrate court. “I’ll also work with Lucas on any trials and for him when he’s out of the office,” she said.
Prosecuting Attorney Lucas See said it was Tenorio’s resume that first interested him.[private]
“Her resume is very impressive,” he said. “She has abuse and neglect experience as well as criminal trial experience. She’s very energetic and enthusiastic.”
Tenorio came to Hardy County from the Greenbrier County Public Defenders Office. Originally from Guam, she grew up in Woodbridge, Va. She graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She earned her Master’s Degree in Criminology from George Washington University and graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2014.
“I started working in the Public Defenders Office right out of college,” she said. “When Lucas advertised for an abuse and neglect attorney, I was interested. That’s what I’m comfortable with.
“I know it’s heart-wrenching, but court can be an effective tool to reunify families. It helps families in the future.”
In her spare time, Tenorio likes to travel. She’s been to Brazil, Jamaica and the Bahamas. She’s going back to Guam next year.
“I haven’t been there since I was 4 years old,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to it, to seeing my extended family.”
Tenorio is also very active in the Guam Society of America. The GSA was formed in 1952 to foster and encourage educational, cultural, civic, social programs and activities and to foster and perpetuate the Chamorro language, culture and traditions.
As Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Tenorio will work with family court, magistrate and circuit court judges.
“I’m just learning things here,” she said. “They do things differently here than in Greenbrier County.”
But so far, everyone has been helpful and friendly.
“The judges here are amazing. They’ve been more than welcoming to me and more than willing to help families.”[/private]