Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James

Magistrate Judge
Maria-Elena James

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom B - 15th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & Motion Thursdays 10:00 a.m.
Criminal Duty Matters Daily During Duty Months 9:30 a.m.
Civil Law & Motion Thursdays 10:00 a.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom Deputy Rose Maher 415-522-4708
Civil Case Docketing & Docket Corrections Hilary Jackson 415-522-4261
Criminal Case Docketing

Case terminal digits 1-3: 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
Case terminal digit 0: Theresa Hoang 415-522-2074
Email for Proposed Orders:
Email for PDF Follow-Ups and
     and Criminal Docket Corrections: (Civil) (Criminal)
Media Liaison

For all media inquiries: Lynn Fuller

About Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James

Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James has served with the Court for over 20 years. During that time, she has presided over numerous cases and conducted thousands of settlement conferences. Outside the courtroom, she teaches a number of classes at three Bay Area law schools: University of California Hastings, University of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University. She also taught at the California Judicial Education and Research College and the University of Paris, Nanterre.

A 1978 graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School, she served as director of the Small Claims Court Education Project in the Consumer Fraud Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. She went on to serve as a deputy public defender in San Francisco, staff attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and a supervising attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office.

Judge James then served as a Commissioner in the San Francisco Superior Court presiding over discovery and family law proceedings for six years. She was appointed as a magistrate judge to the Northern District in 1994. Judge James served as the Northern District's Chief Magistrate Judge from 2009-2012. In 2010, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association recognized Judge James with the “Federal Jurist of the Year” award. 

She also volunteers as a mock trial judge for all grades of students and serves as a mentor to law students.