Chief Magistrate Judge
San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom G - 15th Floor
Joseph C. Spero
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
|Criminal Law & Motion||Fridays||10:30 a.m.|
|Criminal Duty Matters||Daily During Duty Months||9:30 a.m.|
|Civil Law & Motion||Fridays||9:30 a.m.|
|Case Management Conferences||Fridays||2:00 p.m.|
|Calendar Clerk & Courtroom Deputy||Karen Hom||415-522-2035|
|Civil Case Docketing||Gina Agustine-Rivas||415-522-2087|
|Criminal Case Docketing||
|Case terminal digits 1-3:||Ruby Woo||415-522-2076|
|Case terminal digits 4-6:||Lori Murray||415-522-2093|
|Case terminal digits 7-0:||Mark Jenkins||415-522-2042|
|Email for Proposed Orders:||JCSpo@cand.uscourts.gov|
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About Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero
Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero was appointed in 1999. He has presided as trial judge in criminal and civil cases in a variety of subject areas, including patent, employment, civil rights, commercial contract, trademark, and federal misdemeanor cases. He has also served as a settlement judge in over 1000 cases.
He serves as the liaison judge for Pretrial Services and Probation, and as a member of the court's Technology Practice and Non-Appropriated Funds Committees.
A 1981 graduate of Columbia University School of Law, he clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and as associate then partner at Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer (now Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass).
While in private practice, he trained as a mediator at Harvard Law School and served as a mediator in the Northern District's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. He also served as a Judge Pro-Tem for the San Francisco County Superior Court.
Judge Spero served as pro bono counsel in a variety of cases. He received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Bar Association of the City of New York.