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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Tribunal Superior de California, Condado de San FranciscoCandidato para Juez, Cargo 7

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Sigrid Elizabeth Irias

Civil Litigation Attorney
35,288 votos (17.26%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Promoting an independent, widely experienced, diverse, unbiased, and fair judiciary that adheres to the Code of Judicial Ethics.
  • Improving access to justice for all, regardless of the social, cultural, linguistic, economic or other circumstances of litigants.
  • Ensuring due process for all who appear before the court, regardless of whether they are represented by counsel or representing themselves without attorneys.



Profesión:Civil Litigation Attorney / Adjunct Law Professor
Attorney, Irias Law (2014–current)
Adjunct Professor, U.C. Hastings College of the Law (2010–current)
Pro tem judge, Appointed by the San Francisco Superior Court pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.810 et seq. — Cargo designado (2014–current)
Member, California State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice, California State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice — Cargo designado (2014–current)
Attorney, Sedgwick LLP (1988–2014)
Adjunct Professor, teaching California Civil Procedure, St. Mary's College (2003–2006)
Teacher, English and Math for 7th and 8th Grade students, St. Finn Barr School (1998–2000)


University of California - Hastings College of the Law J.D., Law (1986)
University of California at Berkeley A.B. with High Honors, and with High Distinction in General Scholarship - , French Literature (1983)

Actividades comunitarias

Executive Committee Member, Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court (2011–current)
Co-Chair, Minority Bar Coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area (2014–current)
General Counsel, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association (2011–2015)
President, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association (2012–2012)
President, St. Emydius School Board (1987–1989)

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Featured Endorsements

  • Tom Ammiano, Former Assemblymember, California Assembly
  • Justice Cruz Reynoso, California Supreme Court (Ret.)
  • Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club

Organizaciónes (10)

  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
  • San Francisco Latino Democratic Club
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • San Francisco Green Party
  • Latin@ Young Democratics of San Francisco
  • Queen’s Bench Bar Association of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Francisco Tenants Union
  • Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
  • East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Carpenters Local Union No. 22

Funcionarios electos (12)

  • Judge Edward Torpoco, San Francisco Superior Court
  • Judge Mark Talamantes, Judge of the Marin County Superior Court
  • Judge Gerardo Sandoval, San Francisco Superior Court
  • Judge A. James Robertson II, Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court
  • Justice Maria P. Rivera, Associate Justice, First District, California Court of Appeals
  • Rafael Mandelman, Democratic County Central Committee
  • Justice Miguel Márquez, Associate Justice, Sixth District, California Court of Appeals
  • Judge Matthew Harris, Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Judge Daniel A. Flores, Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court
  • Petra DeJesus, San Francisco Police Commission, Democratic County Central Committee
  • Judge Suzanne R. Bolanos, Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court
  • John Avalos, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Individuos (119)

  • Nichole Santiago, attorney
  • Lisa Seiwald, animal rescue volunteer
  • David Wei, attorney
  • Yulissa Zulaica, attorney
  • Elizabeth Weinberg, peace activist
  • Jack Walker
  • Elvin Vu, attorney
  • Virginia Villegas, attorney, Villegas Carrera LLP
  • Claudia Vetesi, attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Al Verzosa, Trader Joe’s clerk and San Francisco native
  • William L. Veen, The Veen Firm, PC, past San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association president
  • Kelly Van Aken, attorney, Partner, Kellogg & Van Aken LLP
  • Victor M. Vasquez, vice president, Bank of San Francisco
  • Francisco Ugarte, immigration attorney
  • Jeff Tsai, attorney, Alston & Bird LLP
  • John Trasviña, Dean, USF School of Law, former assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity in the US HUD
  • Takashi Tanemori, Hiroshima survivor and peace activist
  • Sam Stafford, software engineer, Perforce Software
  • Niki Solis, San Francisco Public Defender’s office, past president, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Audrey A. Smith, attorney
  • Roger W. Sleight, attorney, retired partner, Sedgwick LLP
  • Jackie Shull-González, attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza
  • Christopher Seiwald, founder, Perforce Software
  • Steven X. Schwenk, attorney
  • Don Schaffer, California Highway Patrol (Ret.)
  • Yesenia Santacruz, former president, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Julián Sánchez, attorney, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association board of directors
  • Jim Salinas, Sr.
  • Judge Alex Saldamando, Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court (Ret.)
  • Joe Salama, attorney
  • Donna Rutter, attorney, Rutter Law Group
  • Hector Ruíz, U.C. Hastings College of the Law
  • Eduardo Roy, attorney
  • Kelly Robbins, attorney, Robbins Family Law
  • John Roach, attorney
  • Rosie Rivera, City of San Mateo, Community Relations Commission
  • Michael V. Rios, artist
  • Shaana Rahman, trial attorney, Rahman Law PC
  • Tony Quintero, Arau Films International; founding member, National Association of Latino State Chambers of Commerce
  • Edgar J. Quezada, attorney, Hanna Brophy, president-elect of San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Alexander L. Peña, U.C. Hastings College of the Law student, Vice President, Share the Law
  • Tom Paoli, trial attorney, Paoli and Geerhart, LLP
  • David Pai, Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice
  • José R. Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
  • Angela Owczarek, Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • John Ottoboni, of counsel, Ferrari, Ottoboni, Caputo & Wunderling
  • Demian Oksenendler, attorney
  • John O’Grady, attorney, O’Grady Law Group
  • Lorena Nuñez, attorney
  • Madhuri Nemali, attorney
  • David Nied, past president, Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court
  • Erin Morgan, attorney
  • Mercedes Moreno, Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s office (ret.); past San Francisco La Raz
  • Julia A. Molander, attorney
  • Martha Melendez, past Mexican American Bar Association president, past member of the Board for The Mexican Museum
  • Myrna Melgar, Candidate for D.C.C.C., Executive Director at Jamestown Community Center
  • Crystal Matson, staff attorney; Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • Michael McCloskey, Hallinan & Hallinan
  • Dan McLennon, attorney, Partner, Smith Currie & Hancock LLP
  • Denise McEvoy, former teacher, St. Finn Barr Catholic School
  • Rochelle McCune, owner, The Doctor’s Lounge
  • Shahpour Matloob, Iranian American Bar Association, Northern California chapter, board member
  • Victor Márquez, former National President, Hispanic National Bar Association; ABA Commissioner
  • Raymond Manzo, attorney, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association VP of Communications
  • Claudia Lucatero, attorney, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association board member
  • Ana María Loya, civil rights attorney, U.S. Department of Education
  • Ernest H. Llorente, co-founder and past president, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
  • James Yuanxin Li, attorney
  • P. Beach Kuhl, partner, Sedgwick LLP
  • Ike Kaludi, attorney
  • Stephen W. Jones, retired partner, Sedgwick LLP
  • Laura Hurtado, attorney, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Mary Ann Derner Hourigan, alumna, Star of the Sea Academy for Girls
  • David Henry, owner, The Doctor’s Lounge
  • Retired Justice Daniel (Mike) Hanlon, California Court of Appeal
  • Timothy C. Hale, Esq., Partner, Nye, Peabody, Stirling, Hale & Miller LLP
  • Jesús Guillén, founder, HIV Long Term Survivors Group
  • Matt Gramly, senior trial attorney, Dolan Law Firm
  • Carolyn Gold, Supervising Attorney, Justice & Diversity Center
  • Matthew Gluck, attorney and founding partner, Gluck Daniel LLP
  • Maciej Glodek, past president, St. Stanislaus Benevolent Society, Inc.
  • Anna Gehriger, attorney
  • Angel Garganta, attorney and partner, Venable LLP
  • Genevie Gallegos, former Executive Director, La Raza Centro Legal
  • Noemí Gallardo, attorney, Program Fellow, Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Owner/Founder of Voz Interpreting
  • Juan Pedro Gaffney, founder and director, Coro Hispano de San Francisco
  • Sergio C. García, first recognized undocumented California attorney
  • Josué R. Fuentes, attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office; SF La Raza Lawyers Association president
  • K. Anderson Franco, attorney, de la Pena & Holiday, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association board member
  • Phyllis Flynn, legal assistant, Sedgwick LLP
  • Michael Fish, attorney, Merrill, Arnone & Jones, LLP
  • Ben Feuer, attorney, Chairman, California Appellate Law Group; founder, Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Frank Fernandez, partner, Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood (Ret.)
  • Michael Favela
  • Ysabel Duron, former KRON anchor, founder, Latinas Contra Cancer
  • Robert DeVries, attorney
  • Leo Delucchi, former principal, St. Emydius School; former principal, St. Elizabeth School
  • Hunter Cutting, Climate Nexus
  • Bobby Crotwell, SFUSD high school teacher, Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Joseph Creitz, attorney, U.C. Hastings College of the Law Adjunct Professor
  • Richard J. Collier, attorney, Partner, Cooper, White & Cooper LLP
  • Abbie Chin, Executive Director, EJM Inn of Court; Office Manager, Clarence Dyer & Cohen
  • Sam Cheadle, attorney, Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial program coach
  • Paul Chavez, attorney, Executive Dir., Centro Legal de la Raza, past Executive Dir of Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • Katherine Catlos, attorney and Partner, Kaufman, Dolovich & Voluck LLP
  • Xochitl Carrión, attorney, past San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association president, past chair, California Law Revision
  • Francisco Cancino, Regional Attorney, EEOC (Ret.)
  • Boone Callaway, attorney, Callaway & Wolfe
  • Stephani Cajina
  • Pam Brandt, FM Productions seamstress
  • Michael Bernick, attorney, Sedgwick LLP
  • Sergio Benavides, attorney, Law Office of Sergio H. Benavides
  • A. Baltazar Baca, Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C. (Ret.),​ Founder, Hispanic National Bar Assn.
  • Shaamini Babu, attorney
  • Manuel P. Álvarez, attorney, General Counsel, Affirm, past president, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Elena Asturias, CFO, Paniagua Construction, Inc.
  • Abraham Andrade, U.C Hastings College of the Law
  • Judge Paul H. Alvarado, Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court (Ret.)
  • Jeanette Acosta, U.C. Hastings College of the Law, Law Student and past Co-Chair, UC Hastings La Raza Law Students Assn.

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

Many people feel that a backlog of cases has led to a situation where people cannot get reasonable access to the civil justice system. Do you believe that there is a problem with access? Please explain in detail and indicate whether or not you would support expanding court hours.
Respuesta de Sigrid Elizabeth Irias:

Yes.  The consensus in the legal community is that reduction in court resources causes delay and impedes access to justice.  In 2012 the Bar Association of San Francisco organized a demonstration protesting the cuts to the court’s budget: justice delayed is justice denied.  Many members of the legal community including me, and including SF Superior Court judges, attended, reflecting this consensus.

In San Francisco, we have seen a reduction in court hours, in court staff, in court commissioners, and in court reporting services.  All of these impact access to the civil justice system.  By way of only one example, the elimination of court commissioners to hear civil discovery motions eliminated the civil discovery department as it previously existed.

As the court reached out in the wake of budget cuts to attorneys qualified to complete training and to serve as temporary, or ‘pro tem’, judges, I volunteered and completed training.  Since 2014 I have volunteered many hours as a pro tem judge, using my experience as a lawyer as well as my experience as a pro bono arbitrator for the City’s Division of Housing and Homelessness’s Shelter grievance program (since 2010) and as an Early Settlement Conference panelist for the court (2002 to 2012).   With respect to my service, the City’s Division of Housing and Homelessness has said:  “Ms. Irias has been an active pro bono arbitrator over the last six years, skillfully conducting arbitrations.  She is adept and patient in communicating with both shelter clients and staff, and understanding both sides of the issue from an unbiased viewpoint.  We have found that even the parties that do not win the arbitration feel that the process is fair, and we have been very fortunate to have Sigrid Irias’ pro bono participation in and support for the Shelter Grievance Program.”  In June 2012, the Early Settlement Conference program coordinator wrote:  “As the Coordinator of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Early Settlement Program, I have personal knowledge of Sigrid Irias’s extensive experience presiding over settlement conferences.  Ms. Irias has served as a panelist with our program on approximately 50 cases over the past years, at least 30 of which settled at the conference or shortly thereafter.  These statistics are among the best in our program.  Ms. Irias is one of our most valuable panelists.”  Pro bono services by pro tem judges is no substitute for funding, but I am honored to have volunteered significant time to increase access to justice as the courts face challenges created by budget cuts, including by conducting hearings in the civil discovery department, and by assisting in resolution of many cases in the unlawful detainer department.

As a judge, I would continue to work hard for the community the court serves, and to provide timely, fair, and careful decisions applying applicable law to the facts presented.

The reduction in court hours has made it more difficult for individuals involved in court cases as well as for lawyers to access court services.  I would support an expansion of court hours.


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