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San Francisco County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 9

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Kwixuan H. Maloof

City and County of San Francisco Public Defender's Office, Attorney
55,070 votes (27.03%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A top priority is to stop implicit bias. In Dr. Martin Luther Kings famous "I Have A Dream" speech he stated one day people will be judged based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
  • Ensure crime prevention programs and are used to rehabilate offenders. There are several speciality courts which need to be accessable to everyone who is eligible. Closing down speciality courts because they are full is not useful nor reduces crime.
  • Foster a positive atomosphere in court rooms. Court rooms are very hostile environments. A judges attitude can make people feel safe and secure. Hostile court rooms serve no purpose for the community.



Profession:Attorney, Deputy Public Defender
Deputy Public Defender, San Francisco Public Defender's Office (2001–current)
President, California Assocaition of Black Lawyers — Elected position (2017–2018)
President, Charles Houston Bar Association — Elected position (2010–2011)


New College School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1998)
San Jose State University Master of Arts (M.A.), Sociology / Criminology (1995)
San Jose State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sociology / Criminology (1990)

Community Activities

President, California Association of Black Lawyers (2017–2018)
President, Charles Houston Bar Association (2010–2011)



Mr. Maloof is a graduate of San Jose State University where he received both his Bachelors Degree (1990) and Masters Degree (1995) in Sociology/Criminology, and a graduate of New College of California School of Law (1998).  Mr. Maloof is currently the Head Attorney in the Homicide Unit for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. He has been with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office since 2001 and has had numerous leadership positions in the office, including Head Attorney in the Homicide Unit, Felony Managing Attorney, and Misdemeanor Managing Attorney.  He has tried some of the most complex cases to verdict including numerous sex cases, career criminal cases, and homicides.  He has handled thousands of criminal matters throughout his career and has consulted in over 500 jury trials.


Mr. Maloof has participated in numerous lectures, presentations and panel discussions for many organizations, including but not limited to: California Public Defender’s Association, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Stanford University School of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law, New College of California School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, and University of California at Hastings School of Law.


He has received many awards, including Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, Northern California Top Attorney Award, National Institute of Trial Advocacy Award, Outstanding Young Americans Award, and Gideon Warrior Award.


Mr. Maloof is involved in his community and plays an active leadership role in many legal organizations including: Past President of Charles Houston Bar Association; Region IX Deputy Director and Board Member of the National Bar Association; President of the California Association of Black Lawyers; Board Member of the Bar Association of San Francisco; Judicial Council Committee of Bar Association of San Francisco; Criminal Law Section Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Minority Bar Coalition, ALPHA KAPPA DELTA International Sociology Honor Society (lifetime member), and ALPHA PHI ALPHA Fraternity, Inc.  (lifetime member).


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Senator Steven Bradford

Organizations (17)

  • Tenants PAC
  • D8 Progressive Democrats
  • San Francisco Bay View Hunters Point
  • Democratic Club District 111
  • The San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Brownie Mary
  • San Francisco Leage of Pissed Off Voters
  • Central City Democratic Club
  • Berniecrats
  • California Association of Black Lawyers
  • New Avenues Democratic Club
  • SEIU Union
  • Harvey Milk Club
  • San Francisco Tenants Union
  • Latino Young Democrats
  • Latino Democrtaic Club
  • Bernal Heights DEM Club

Elected Officials (4)

  • Senator Steven Bradford
  • Board of Supervisor Hilary Ronen
  • Jeff Adachi
  • Assembly Member Shirley Weber

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Francisco (2)

What do you view as the biggest challenge in the justice system?
Answer from Kwixuan H. Maloof:


The biggest callenge in the justice system is implicit bias. 


It was 50 years ago this month when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated because he fought to change a system that openly mistreated and discriminated against blacks. In his famous “I Have a Dream” speech he stated people should be judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Yet today black children are 10 times more likely to be convicted than whites of a crime based on the color of their skin. The W. Haywood Burns Institute did a study several years ago, finding that in San Francisco, one of the most liberal cities in the country, African-Americans are seven times more likely to be arrested and ten times more likely to be convicted of a crime than their white counterparts, even though African Americans are 5% of the population. Over the course of one year there were 288,177 bed days as a result of jail sentences. Black adults accounted for 50% of these sentences every day.  A second study last year by the Quattrone Center, found that people of color are more likely to be charged and convicted of more serious crimes than their white counterparts, even when controlling for all other factors.


In response to these numbers, some judges, have denied that racism in the court system exists at all.  Racism and implicit bias is a significant problem that cannot be ignored by any branch of government or stakeholders —including the judiciary.  



The courts have a critical role to play in the reformation of the criminal justice system.  In this age of mass incarceration, the system is in need of judges who understand the need to reform the unfair bail system, correct disparities in sentencing and over-incarceration of people of color.

What experience or qualifications do you have that make you well suited for this role?
Answer from Kwixuan H. Maloof:

As a public defender who has tried close to 100 cases during my career and a former probation officer and social worker I will work hard as a judge to ensure that the judiciary addressed these problems through effective training and accountability.

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