The Honorable Donna J. Hitchens

San Francisco Superior Court

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San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)


Donna J. Hitchens was a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco in California. She served from 1990 until 2010.

Hitchens was the Presiding Judge from 2002-2004.

She is the founder of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.


  • J.D. from University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law (1977)
  • B.A. from Springfield (Mass.) College (1969) (Community leadership and development)
  • Master's Degree from Springfield (Mass.) College (Counseling)


  • Founder at Lesbian Rights Project (1977 to 1988)
  • Founder at National Center for Lesbian Rights (1988 to 1990)