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San Francisco County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 11

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Jeffrey S. Ross

City and County of San Francisco Superior Court Judge
119,131 votes (59.16%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A greater level of transparency within the legal system.
  • Efficiency to save scarce resources and to save money for everyone that enters the legal system.
  • Continuing to create an environment in my courtroom that makes everyone involved feel that they were heard and that their trial was fair, whatever the outcome.



A San Francisco resident since 1976 and a lifelong Democrat, Judge Jeffrey Ross has dedicated his life to his family, to serving his clients and now to the court and local community.

Judge Ross earned his law degree from Stanford Law School. During college and law school he worked at the law firm that was general counsel to Planned Parenthood among other pro-choice organizations. This firm helped to establish a woman’s constitutional right to choose in the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. He worked at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office, did volunteer research for a professor on his cases to end the death penalty and did an externship at the ACLU of Northern California, working on civil rights and liberty issues.

Throughout his 34-year legal practice, Jeff represented diverse clients in cases threatening their families, livelihood and liberty. He helped an AIDS patient regain custody of his daughter, and a Tibetan refugee secure asylum. Working with the ACLU, he represented organizations and individuals in First Amendment cases, twice arguing before the California Supreme Court. 

As 1997 president of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Ross established the Law Academy — first at Mission High School and then at Balboa High School. The Law Academy mentors students, provides them with summer jobs in law offices and prepares them for college. As BASF president Judge Ross was active in the efforts to avoid the effects of Proposition 209 (the anti-affirmative action initiative) on the University of California and its law schools. Later he worked to defeat both Proposition 22 and Proposition 8, which were created by opponents of the court’s same-sex marriage decision.

Judge Ross was appointed to the San Francisco Superior Court in 2009, where he has worked to find alternatives to incarceration. As judge of the Veterans Justice Court for the past three years, he has worked with military veterans to help them avoid incarceration and to get them housing, mental health and drug treatment, and employment. When the veterans complete the program, their charges are dismissed or reduced.

Since 1983, Judge Ross has been president of the Michelle Platt-Ross Foundation, which supports programs at UCSF that serve hospitalized children. Ross was a board member of the national Immune Deficiency Foundation for fifteen years. Jeff and his wife Jan Platt moved to the Upper Haight in 1978 and raised their children there. Jan was a speech therapist in public schools. They have two married sons and six grandchildren.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Judge Jeff Ross Endorsements


  • Governor Jerry Brown
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein 
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • Senator Scott Wiener
  • Former Senator Mark Leno
  • Assemblymember David Chiu
  • Assemblymember Phil Ting
  • Mayor Mark Farrell
  • City Attorney Dennis Herrera
  • Assessor Carmen Chu
  • Sheriff Vicki Hennessy
  • Former Sheriff Michael Hennessey
  • District Attorney George Gascon
  • Former City Attorney Louise Renne
  • Board President London Breed
  • Supervisor Aaron Peskin
  • Supervisor Jane Kim
  • Supervisor Katy Tang
  • Supervisor Norman Yee
  • Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
  • Supervisor Catherine Stefani
  • Former Supervisor Angela Alioto
  • Former Supervisor, Reverend Dr. Amos Brown
  • Board of Education Commissioner Rachel Norton
  • City College Vice President Alex Randolph
  • Former CA Democratic Party Chair John Burton
  • Former Chief of Police Greg Suhr
  • Former Justice Harry Low
  • Former Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich
  • Former Public Defender Geoff Brown
  • Former Superior Court Judge Jim Collins
  • Former Superior Court Judge Nancy Davis
  • Former Superior Court Judge Donna Hitchens
  • Former Superior Court Judge Philip Moscone
  • Former Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard
  • Former U.S. Attorney Joe Russoniello
  • Former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan

Groups and Organizations

  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Republican Party
  • San Francisco Chronicle'
  • San Francisco Examiner
  • Bay Area Reporter
  • Sing Tao Daily
  • All 50 San Francisco Superior Court judges
  • All First District Court of Appeal justices
  • California Latino Judges
  • San Francisco Firefighters Local 798
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 6
  • Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • Community Alliance for Jobs and Housing
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Police Officers Association 
  • The Association of African American California Judicial Officers
  • City Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Democratic Women in Action
  • United Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Young Democrats 
  • Edwin M. Lee Asian Pacific Democratic Club
  • Asian American Bar Association 
  • Queen's Bench Bar Association
  • Community Tenants Association
  • District 5 Democratic Club
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance

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