Adjunct Professor Andrew Y.S. Cheng is a Superior Court Judge in San Francisco. Since his appointment in September, 2009, Judge Cheng has presided over criminal trials and preliminary hearings at the San Francisco Hall of Justice. He currently serves as the supervising judge of the four preliminary hearing courts that collectively handle over 1,200 felony cases. Judge Cheng presides over all serious felony preliminary hearings. Prior to becoming a judge, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California from 2003-2009 and served as Deputy Chief of the Civil Division from 2006-2009. Prior to 2003, he practiced for six years as a Deputy City Attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. As a practicing attorney, he tried numerous civil cases to verdict or judgment in employment, tort, energy, tax, and civil rights cases, argued four times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and three times before the California Courts of Appeal, and served as lead counsel in over 100 federal cases. As deputy chief of the civil division, he was responsible for supervising the trial of numerous federal civil cases.
Prior to working at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, Professor Cheng was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker, United States District Judge, Southern District of Indiana. He also practiced as an associate attorney at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro and Steinhart & Falconer in San Francisco. Professor Cheng taught as a lecturer in legal writing at Boalt Hall School of Law from 1996-1997.
Professor Cheng received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1992, where he served on the Moot Court Board. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in history from Columbia University. He has served as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy ("NITA") since 2008 and is currently a Master of the McFetridge Inn of Court.