Longtime SF Judge Retires

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    A longtime San Francisco Superior Court judge and the last  presiding judge of the city's Municipal Court is retiring at the end of  August, court officials announced Tuesday.

    Donna Alyson Little, who currently oversees the master calendar  for all misdemeanor arraignments at the San Francisco Hall of Justice, will retire effective Aug. 31, Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein announced.

    Little was appointed to the city's Municipal Court in 1991and eventually became presiding judge of the court six years later before it was consolidated with San Francisco Superior Court in 1998.

    "I feel extremely fortunate and honored to have been able to serve as a member of our incredibly diverse and dedicated bench, and want to thank  my colleagues for their support and commitment to our community over the  years," she said in a statement.

    Prior to becoming a judge, Little also served on the state's  Workers' Compensation Appeal Board and its Commission on the Status of Women, and was also a founding member of the San Francisco Family Violence Council.