Hon. Ethan P Schulman See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Francisco County
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Ethan P Schulman


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA31428
The major problem with this Judge is that he is incurably lazy. That quality does not mesh well with his assignment to the law and motion department, where this judge allows himself to be overwhelmed by the volume of matters flowing through his courtroom every day. Thus, this judge shoots from the hip without committing himself to the basic research necessary to resolve the issues before him. As a consequence, his decisions are often erroneous. Stretching to give him the benefit of the doubt, I won't suggest whether this judge is or is stupid, but it is obvious that he refuses to do his homework. Given his terrible work ethic, this judge should be reassigned to a place where there are plenty of nap breaks and is relatively little at stake. I recommend he be moved over to the traffic court where the defendants speed but where a lazy judge can creep along at a snail's pace without anyone really caring.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA27875
Judge Schulman's predecessor, Judge Kahn, was a scholar and one of the brightest judges on the bench. Judge Schulman is a poor substitute who seems to have little regard for individual rights. It really depends on what side of the case you are on. If your client is the conventionally favored business etc. type Judge Schulman might be just the person you want for your motions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19988
Ruled against my motion, and he was correct--not usually the case with SF judges who don't know the law and shoot from the hip. Extraordinarily patient with inept attorneys and pro per litigants, and is not swayed by theatrics. Seems to know what law he actually knows and takes the time to look up law he is fuzzy on. Has the temperament for sitting on an appellate panel. Hope SF politics doesn't swallow him first.