Judge Linda H. Colfax, a San Francisco Superior Court Judge since 2011, currently sits in the criminal division of the court, and presides over the mandatory felony settlement conferences. Judge Colfax has also served as a supervising judge of preliminary hearings, a juvenile court judge in both dependency and youth justice, a family court judge, and has presided over both civil and criminal trials. She also sat on her court’s Appellate Division for 3 years and served on the Executive Committee for 4 years. Judge Colfax, a former Vice President of the California Judges Association (CJA), currently co-chairs CJA’s LGBT Judicial Officers of California Section CJA and the Committee on the Elimination of Bias and Inequality. Judge Colfax, a former Vice president of the International Association of LGBTQ Judges, currently sits on its board. Prior to her election to the bench in 2010, Judge Colfax worked as a San Francisco deputy public defender. She was privileged to win her seat during a primary election against 3 other candidates.
Judge Colfax, a native of the Midwest, earned her A.B. from Harvard and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Judge Colfax and her wife, Kristin, who met playing ultimate frisbee in 1995, have been married since 1999*, 2004 and 2008. They have 2 children, 2 dogs and spend their free time outdoors biking, hiking, jogging, climbing, SUPing, Pickleballing, gardening, or just ambling with the dogs.