The Honorable Ronald E. Albers

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Ronald E. Albers (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 11, 2009. He retired on February 3, 2017.

He earned a B.A. from Cornell College in 1971. He then received a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1974.

Albers began his legal career as a sole practitioner in private practice. Then, in 1978, he joined Legal Services for Children, briefly working as a trial attorney for one year.

He then moved to the Office of the Public Defender of San Francisco County. During his tenure there, he served as a trial attorney, eventually heading its felony unit.

He began his judicial career as a court commissioner for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in 2002, presiding over the drug court and the proposition 36 court. He held this position at the time of his appointment to the bench.

Albers was a founding board member of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. Albers served as chair for the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. He was also a member of the Judicial Council of California, the California Collaborative Court Advisory Committee, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the California Public Defenders Association, the California Women Lawyers, and the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association.

He was a recipient of the President’s Pro Bono Service Award (1991) and the Decade of Service Award from the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (1993).

He is registered as a Democrat.

Albers enjoys traveling.

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