Sep 21, 2018
Leif Dautch, Deputy Attorney General
Juvenile Court System

Leif Dautch is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and the Past President of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Commission. The son of an organic farmer and a registered nurse, Leif grew up along California’s Central Coast. After graduating with honors from Yale and Harvard Law School, Leif returned to California to clerk for a Ninth Circuit judge in San Francisco. He worked at a law firm and on President Obama’s reelection campaign before joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2012. He has prosecuted more than 300 criminal cases in state and federal court, from trials to arguments before the California Supreme Court. Leif has also served as a policy advisor, drafting legislation and testifying before the California State Assembly and State Senate on issues ranging from human trafficking to environmental protection. As an Assistant Team Leader, he helps supervise a team of attorneys and has served on the Criminal Division’s Hiring Committee and Technology Task Force.