Judicial Profile: Maxine Chesney

With Chesney, you get a judge who likes to listen

, The Recorder

When you walk into Maxine Chesney's courtroom, you'll find a diminutive woman with coiffed, curly blonde hair. She doesn't come across as intimidating, and if you get your idea of judges from Hollywood, she's not what you'd expect. Yet she's been doing it for more than 20 years, first in San Francisco Superior Court and now as a federal judge. Her experience shows -- she handles her courtroom well, has an easygoing manner and yet is not afraid to send a message to lawyers who need to be straightened out.