The Honorable Ronald E. Albers

San Francisco Superior Court

Court Info

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

The Hon. Ronald E. Albers is a retired judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco in California. He was was the first openly gay judge appointed by a Republican governor. He was appointed in 2009 to fill a newly created seat. Judge Albers announced his retirement from the bench in 2017.

During his tenure, Albers was the only to have presided over most of San Francisco's adult collaborative courts, including Back on Track, Behavioral Health Court, Drug Court, and the Community Justice Center.

As Commissioner, he presided over Drug Court and Proposition 36 Court, as well as various felony and misdemeanor cases.

He was a founding board member and former co-chair of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, a Bay Area-based LGBT bar association.

He is a Democrat.

Education

  • J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Bachelor's Degree from Cornell College

Career

  • Judge at Superior Court of San Francisco in San Francisco, California (2009 to 2017)
  • Commissioner at Superior Court of San Francisco in San Francisco, California (2002 to 2009)
  • Attorney at San Francisco County Public Defender's Office in San Francisco, California (1979 to 2001)