The Honorable Suzanne Ramos Bolanos

San Francisco Superior Court

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The Hon. Suzanne Ramos Bolanos is a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco in California. Bolanos earned her B.A. from the University of California and her J.D. from Yale University in 1989

A child of immigrant parents from Chile and Peru, Bolanos began her legal career working for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national Latino civil rights organization. While lobbying for that group on Capitol Hill, she met Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who hired her to be a lawyer for a committee he chaired. Today, a couple of photos of Bolanos and Kennedy hang on a wall in her chambers — alongside some of her with then-Vice President Al Gore, for whom she worked as a domestic policy adviser.

After a stint as an associate in the litigation group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Bolanos became a federal prosecutor. Her trial experience as a lawyer was all in federal court, mostly prosecuting drug trafficking and alien smuggling cases and defending the government in civil cases. She worked briefly for the U.S. attorney’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property unit before her appointment by then-Gov. Gray Davis.


  • J.D. from Yale University Law School (1989)
  • B.A. from University of California


  • Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
  • Prosecutor at Federal court
  • Attorney at US Attorney's Computer Hacking and IP Unit