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The Honorable John Dearman

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Court Info

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

The Hon. John Dearman (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He was appointed to the Municipal Court of San Francisco by former governor Jerry Brown on March 28, 1977. He was then elevated to the superior court in February 1979.

Dearman earned an A.B. from Wiley College. He then received an LL.B. from Wayne State University Law School in 1957.

Dearman relocated to San Francisco, California in 1959, as he was unable to find a law firm in Detroit, Michigan that was willing to hire an African-American attorney. Once in San Francisco, he met Assembly Speaker and future Mayor Willie Brown. Together, they formed Brown, Dearman, and Smith in 1965. Dearman practiced there for the next twelve years, handling the representation of protesters during the civil rights movement.

When Dearman retired from the bench in 2009, he had been the longest-serving judge in the history of San Francisco.

Education

LL.B. from Wayne State University Law School (1957)

A.B. from Wiley College

Career

Attorney at Brown, Dearman, and Smith in San Francisco County, California (1965 to 1977)

Judge at Municipal Court of California in San Francisco County, California (1977 to 1979)

Judge at Superior Court of California in San Francisco County, California (1979 to 2009)

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