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The Honorable Bruce E. Chan

San Francisco Superior Court, Department 24 (website)

Court Info

San Francisco Superior Court, Department 24 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (415) 551-0324

Court Reporter: +1 (415) 551-0624

Bailiff: +1 (415) 551-7524

Biography

The Hon. Bruce E. Chan is a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 11, 2009.

Chan earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1978. He then received a J.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1981.

Chan began his legal career as a trial attorney with the Office of the San Francisco Public Defender. He was promoted to senior trial attorney in 1989, a position he held for the next ten years. Then, from 1999 to 2004, Chan served as counsel and chief counsel for the California State Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety.

Chan was appointed as a commissioner for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in 2004. He served in this position until his appointment to the bench in 2009.

Chan is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. His father owned and managed an auto-parts store in the city. Chan, however, spent much of his time in New Hampshire, where he attended St. Paul’s School.

He is registered as a Democrat.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Davis (1981)

Bachelor's degree from Stanford University (1978)

Career

Commissioner at Superior Court of California in San Francisco County, California (2004 to 2009)

Chief Counsel at Committee on Public Safety, California State Assembly (2000 to 2004)

Counsel at Committee on Public Safety, California State Assembly (1999 to 2000)

Senior Trial Attorney at Office of the Public Defender in San Francisco County, California (1989 to 1999)

Trial Attorney at Office of the Public Defender in San Francisco County, California (1981 to 1986)

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