Daughter of Sen. Feinstein named head of San Francisco Superior Court

Katherine Feinstein to serve two-year term as presiding judge

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein, a member of the bench for 10 years, was elected by her colleagues Tuesday to serve as presiding judge of the court.

Feinstein, 52, will serve a two-year term as presiding judge beginning on Jan. 1 and will replace Judge James McBride in the post.

She is the daughter of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and was appointed to the Superior Court by former Gov. Gray Davis in 2000.

Feinstein previously worked as a deputy city attorney specializing in child abuse and neglect, as a member of a private law firm, and as an assistant district attorney.

On the court, Feinstein currently presides over civil jury trials and has been assistant presiding judge for the past two years.

Feinstein said in a statement, "There are difficult days ahead for judicial officers, staff and the public in an era of reduced state funding."

She also thanked her colleagues for their support.

"The San Francisco Superior Court is comprised of experienced and dedicated jurists for whom I have great respect," she said.

Feinstein received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her law degree from Hastings College of the Law.

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by Tired
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jun 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

This is all we need. A second generation liberal in power. Funny how a democrat's daughter is approved by another democrat.

This is a perfect example of the political elite at work.

Like this comment
Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

as long as she doesn't wear a Planet of the Apes hair, i can tolerate it...

Like this comment
Posted by Bowler
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Jun 26, 2010 at 10:15 am

Tired -- Not sure where you come up with this "political elite" angle. The judge was appointed 10 years ago by Gray Davis, so it is hardly an act of nepotism that she get voted as presiding judge for a 2 year term by her judicial colleagues now. He parentage notwithstanding, she is an exceptional jurist and a solid member of the legal community who has worked hard for decades. Nothing shady about that, is there?

Like this comment
Posted by nepotism
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Just nepotism at work ... "hey I got a cousin that will work for you" ... Who said it: Mexican, Jewish Rabbi, 3rd world president, Baptist minister, Corporate CEO, politician, YOU ... just asking?

Like this comment
Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Janna is a registered user.


If you knew anything, you would know that Feinstein is no liberal. You should love her, her husband capitalizes on war just like Halliburton and other war profiteers.

Feinstein is a DINO.

Like this comment
Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Feinstein is a DINO... agreed.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Be the first to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Couples: Reading List
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,313 views

New Donlon school is at least four years away
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 822 views