With one month to go before the June 8 election, candidates for two seats on the SF bench weighed in on which judge they would emulate. Here’s who each one chose at a candidate forum last week, co-sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco and The Recorder:
San Francisco prosecutor Harry Dorfman
S.F. Judge Carol Yaggy, “a model of preparation” who takes time to understand lawyers’ arguments, and is patient and measured in the way she talks to lawyers even “in the heat” of the case.
Robert Retana, of the AOC's Office of General Counsel
S.F. Judge Teri Jackson, a mentor who is “in charge of the courtroom.”
Linda Colfax, a public defender in S.F.
Former S.F. Judge Herb Donaldson, because he treated everybody “with dignity, humanity and respect.”
Jones Day partner Roderick McLeod
Former S.F. Judge William Cahill, “always prepared” and with “a great sense of humor.”
Michael Nava, a staff attorney for California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno
(Again) Donaldson, the first openly gay judge on the San Francisco bench, for his “humility” and “devotion to the idea of serving the people.”
Daniel Dean, senior counsel at San Francisco's Fotouhi Epps Hillger Gilroy
S.F. Judge John Munter, because “he is so prepared and he does such a great job of making sure everything runs quickly and smoothly.”
S.F. Judge Mary Wiss for her “gentle control of the courtroom.”
Petra Pasternak contributed some reporting to this post