Meet Judge Jeff Ross

A San Francisco resident since 1976 and a lifelong Democrat, Judge Jeffrey Ross has dedicated his life to his family, to serving his clients and now to the court and local community.

Judge Ross earned his law degree from Stanford Law School. During college and law school he worked at the law firm that was general counsel to Planned Parenthood among other pro-choice organizations. This firm helped to establish a woman’s constitutional right to choose in the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. He worked at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office, did volunteer research for a professor on his cases to end the death penalty and did an externship at the ACLU of Northern California, working on civil rights and liberty issues.

Throughout his 34-year legal practice, Jeff represented diverse clients in cases threatening their families, livelihood and liberty. He helped an AIDS patient regain custody of his daughter, and a Tibetan refugee secure asylum. Working with the ACLU, he represented organizations and individuals in First Amendment cases, twice arguing before the California Supreme Court. 

As 1997 president of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Ross established the Law Academy — first at Mission High School and then at Balboa High School. The Law Academy mentors students, provides them with summer jobs in law offices and prepares them for college. As BASF president Judge Ross was active in the efforts to avoid the effects of Proposition 209 (the anti-affirmative action initiative) on the University of California and its law schools. Later he worked to defeat both Proposition 22 and Proposition 8, which were created by opponents of the court’s same-sex marriage decision.

Judge Ross was appointed to the San Francisco Superior Court in 2009, where he has worked to find alternatives to incarceration. As judge of the Veterans Justice Court for the past three years, he has worked with military veterans to help them avoid incarceration and to get them housing, mental health and drug treatment, and employment. When the veterans complete the program, their charges are dismissed or reduced.

Since 1983, Judge Ross has been president of the Michelle Platt-Ross Foundation, which supports programs at UCSF that serve hospitalized children. Ross was a board member of the national Immune Deficiency Foundation for fifteen years. Jeff and his wife Jan Platt moved to the Upper Haight in 1978 and raised their children there. Jan was a speech therapist in public schools. They have two married sons and six grandchildren.

Judge Jeff Ross Endorsements

Officials

  • Governor Jerry Brown
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein 
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • Senator Scott Wiener
  • Former Senator Mark Leno
  • Assemblymember David Chiu
  • Assemblymember Phil Ting
  • Mayor Mark Farrell
  • City Attorney Dennis Herrera
  • Assessor Carmen Chu
  • Sheriff Vicki Hennessy
  • Former Sheriff Michael Hennessey
  • District Attorney George Gascon
  • Former City Attorney Louise Renne
  • Board President London Breed
  • Supervisor Aaron Peskin
  • Supervisor Jane Kim
  • Supervisor Katy Tang
  • Supervisor Norman Yee
  • Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
  • Supervisor Catherine Stefani
  • Former Supervisor Angela Alioto
  • Former Supervisor, Reverend Dr. Amos Brown
  • Board of Education Commissioner Rachel Norton
  • City College Vice President Alex Randolph
  • Former CA Democratic Party Chair John Burton
  • Former Chief of Police Greg Suhr
  • Former Justice Harry Low
  • Former Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich
  • Former Public Defender Geoff Brown
  • Former Superior Court Judge Jim Collins
  • Former Superior Court Judge Nancy Davis
  • Former Superior Court Judge Donna Hitchens
  • Former Superior Court Judge Philip Moscone
  • Former Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard
  • Former U.S. Attorney Joe Russoniello
  • Former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan

Groups and Organizations

  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Republican Party
  • San Francisco Chronicle'
  • San Francisco Examiner
  • Bay Area Reporter
  • Sing Tao Daily
  • All 50 San Francisco Superior Court judges
  • All First District Court of Appeal justices
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • California Latino Judges
  • San Francisco Firefighters Local 798
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 6
  • Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • Community Alliance for Jobs and Housing
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Police Officers Association 
  • The Association of African American California Judicial Officers
  • Judiciary Committee of the California Association of Black Lawyers
  • City Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Democratic Women in Action
  • United Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Young Democrats 
  • Edwin M. Lee Asian Pacific Democratic Club
  • Asian American Bar Association 
  • Queen's Bench Bar Association
  • Community Tenants Association
  • District 5 Democratic Club
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance 

Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Ed Swanson, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Cris Arguedas, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Lisa DewBerry, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Nanci Clarence, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • John Keker, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Pam Herzig, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Stuart Hanlon, criminal defense attorney
  • Nancy Pemberton, retired criminal defense lawyer and former public defender
  • Eric M. Safire, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • James Lassart, criminal defense attorney
  • Robert Feldman, criminal defense attorney
  • Jose Umali, criminal defense attorney and former deputy public defender
  • Murray Zisholz, criminal defense attorney
  • Betsy Wolkin, former public defender
  • Silas Geneson, defense attorney and former public defender
  • Cheryl H. Wallace, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Michael Whelan Jr., criminal defense attorney
  • Roy Lefcourt, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Peter A. Furst, criminal defense attorney
  • Asit Panwala, criminal defense attorney
  • Betsy Wolkin, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Michael Gaines, criminal defense attorney and former public defender 
  • George Borges, criminal defense attorney 
  • Alexandria Carl, criminal defense attorney
  • Harris Taback, criminal defense attorney
  • Susan Kaplan, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • James Senal, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Karen L. Snell, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • John M. Kaman, criminal defense attorney
  • Pam Herzig, criminal defense attorney
  • Ean Vizzi, criminal defense attorney
  • Erica Franklin, former deputy public defender
  • Kate Dyer, criminal and civil defense attorney
  • Josh Cohen, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Samantha Schwartz, criminal defense attorney
  • Christopher Shea, criminal defense attorney
  • Mark Goldrosen, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Sam Lasser, criminal defense attorney
  • Jose Pericles Umali, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Susan Rutberg, former public defender and law professor at Golden Gate University
  • James Collins, former criminal defense attorney and Superior Court Judge
  • Michael Stepanian, criminal defense attorney
  • Peter Goodman, criminal defense attorney
  • Carlos Jato, criminal defense attorney
  • Daniel D. Murphy, criminal defense attorney
  • James Brosnahan, criminal defense attorney
  • Michelle Dylan, criminal defense attorney
  • John M. Runfola, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Garry A. Preneta, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Gilbert Eisenberg, criminal defense attorney
  • John P. Strouss, III, criminal defense attorney
  • Gregory Goldman, criminal defense attorney and former public defender
  • Tony Tamburello, criminal defense attorney

 Community Leaders

  • Bob Feldman
  • Len Tillem
  • Ingrid Evans
  • Owen Clements
  • Mark Mackler
  • Harold Kahn
  • Gale Mondry
  • Brian Bringardner
  • John Kaman
  • John Munter
  • Susan Horst
  • Anthony Kline
  • Charlotte Woolard
  • Donna Hitchens
  • Wade Rhyne
  • Jeffrey Bornstein
  • Rick Seabolt
  • Jan Platt
  • William Roger Gargano
  • Malcolm Smith
  • Alexandra Ross
  • Benjamin Reyes
  • Asha Jameson
  • William Campbell
  • M David Minnick
  • JoAnn Prior
  • Michael Markman
  • Ana Gonzalez
  • Vanessa Wu
  • Michael Candela
  • Edward Kallgren
  • Michael Lee
  • Joan Haratani
  • David Kremer
  • Donna Lee Chignell
  • David Ammons
  • Charles Harrington
  • Philip Moscone
  • Trenton Norris
  • Claire Holl
  • Jonah Ross
  • Erin Murphy
  • Kathleen Dowling McDonough
  • Nancy L. Davis
  • Kathleen Purcell
  • Matthew Kahn
  • David Burk
  • Barry Abbott
  • Eduardo Ramirez
  • Alexander Lee
  • Gilles Portaz
  • Sandra Pons
  • Bruce Fisher
  • Paul Sloan
  • Amy Madsen
  • Joel Friley
  • Anita Jean Denz
  • Gilbert Eisenberg
  • Wesley Hsu
  • Judith Craddick
  • Luis Pons
  • Nancy Tung
  • Janet Gamble
  • David Troup
  • Cynny Sheehan
  • Carolyn Shuman
  • Tom Hart
  • MaryEllen Jirak
  • Michael Wong
  • Russell Fudge
  • Ioana Petrou
  • Kay Harnish-Ladd
  • Yau Lee
  • Robert Cartwright, Jr.
  • Cheryl Mills
  • Carson Niello
  • Drew Williams
  • Greg Free
  • Stuart Hanlon
  • Andrew Schwartz
  • David Bigeleisen
  • Danny Chou
  • Patricia Carlin
  • Molly Priedeman
  • Beth Jay
  • Stephen Pons
  • Ashley Pons
  • Marianne Badawi
  • Judith Bishop
  • Michael Kremer
  • Lawrence Kern
  • Frank Leidman
  • Laurie Weisberg
  • Eric Goldman
  • Scott Cmiel
  • Peggy Cmiel
  • Howard Epstein
  • Arthur Shartsis
  • Joel Zeldin
  • Michael Tsang