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Harry Dorfman: San Francisco County Judge and Inspiring Faculty Member at SFLS

For over 25 years, The Honorable Harry Dorfman fought for justice for crime victims, their families, and the San Francisco community as one of our premier Assistant District Attorneys. For 10 years, he had been entrusted with the prosecution and conviction of the City's most violent and dangerous criminals. And now he is able to bring his knowledge, expertise and passion for giving back to the community in his new role of Superior Court of California Judge. 

In 2013, the students, faculty, and staff of San Francisco Law School celebrated the appointment of Harry M. Dorfman as a California Superior Court judge by Governor Jerry Brown. One year later, Judge Dorfman was elected by the voters of San Francisco to continue on as a Superior Court Judge. Having first presided in the Civil Division of the Superior Courts at 400 McAllister St., Judge Dorfman now presides over criminal hearings at the Superior Court's Hall of Justice.  

Judge Dorfman has taught Criminal Law at San Francisco Law School since 2001, where he enjoys mentoring, educating, and preparing future generations of legal professionals. He is a frequent judge of the Tyler Moot Court Competition, looking quite at home on the bench in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Dorfman has received two coveted awards:  Most Inspirational Teacher in 2008, and Professor of the Year numerous times.

Professor Dorfman’s professional and educational experience has afforded him unique opportunities to study and serve the international legal community. In 1995, Professor Dorfman was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal. He has also represented the Institute for the Study and Development of Legal Systems, participating in many progressive legal reform projects in Bolivia, El Salvador, Egypt, Turkey, and India. In 1999, he served as Chief Counsel to the California Assembly Public Safety Committee and, in 1984-1985, he clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court. He is member of the State Bar Criminal Section Executive Committee.

Judge Dorfman graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1979. He then taught high school in Santa Monica, California, before moving to San Francisco to attend Hastings School of Law. He graduated from Hastings in 1984. He joined the San Francisco District Attorney's Office in October, 1985, after returning from Alaska, until 2013 when he was appointed to the bench. 

San Francisco Law School is pleased and honored to have such a dedicated and loyal faculty member mentor a new generation of aspiring attorneys.