The Hon. Julie M. Tang (Ret.) retired from the San Francisco Superior Court bench in 2014 after 23 years, making her one of the longest-serving judges on the bench. Elected to the San Francisco Municipal Court in 1990, Judge Tang was elevated in 1999 by court unification and has served with distinction in each one of her assignments over the course of her long judicial career, including Civil, Criminal, Family, Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency courts. In 1997, Judge Tang launched and presided over the Court’s first Domestic Violence Court. Many of the procedures and processes that Judge Tang developed then remain in use today.
Skilled, hardworking, and compassionate, Judge Tang is lauded for her ability to effectively communicate with counsel and litigants from diverse backgrounds. Her background and experience in the field of psychology and counseling is rare amongst judges and enables her to identify and understand the human elements behind each dispute, leading to more successful negotiations and positive outcomes.
Prior to her judicial appointment, Judge Tang served as an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco for eight years, handling criminal and family support enforcement cases. She also served as a member of the San Francisco Community College Board and was elected its President three times. Before her legal career, Judge Tang worked as a college counselor for Canada Community College and San Francisco City College.
Judge Tang has received numerous awards and accolades for her work on the bench and in the community. Among the many awards she has received from the community, she was most proud of being honored as an Outstanding Chinese American by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Chinese Benevolent Association in 2003. In 2007, she was inducted into the LEOP Hall of Fame of the Hastings College of the Law. In 2017, she was given one of the highest honors from the Asian American Bar Association, the Joe Morizumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy.
Fluent (speaking, reading, writing) in Cantonese and Mandarin.