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 & Docket Corrections||Gina Agustine-Rivas||415-522-2087|
|Criminal Case Docketing||
|Case terminal digits 0-3:||Desirae Kellenbarger||415-522-2076|
|Case terminal digits 4-6:||Lori Murray||415-522-2093|
|Case terminal digits 7-9:||Mark Jenkins||415-522-2042|
|Email for Proposed Orders:||JCSpo@cand.uscourts.gov|
|New! Email for Settlement-Related Communications:||JCSsettlement@cand.uscourts.gov|
Email for PDF Follow-Ups and
and Criminal Docket Corrections:
|For all media inquiries:||Lynn Fuller
About Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero
Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero 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 1500 cases.
Judge Spero serves on the Court's Executive Committee, as Chair of the Court's Reentry Committee and of the Diversion Committee, and and has served as Chair of the Court’s Technology Committee, and as Liaison Judge for Pretrial Services and Probation. He also has served on various circuit and national committees including the Magistrate Judges Advisory Group of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Magistrate Judge Executive Board, and the Capital Case Committee of the Ninth Circuit.
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.