Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen

San Jose Courthouse, Courtroom 6 – 4th Floor
280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Civil Law & MotionTuesdays10:00 a.m.
Case Management ConferencesTuesdays9:30 a.m.
Civil Pretrial ConferencesThursdays9:30 a.m.
Criminal Law & MotionThursdays1:30 p.m.
Criminal Duty MattersDaily During Duty Months1:30 p.m.

Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyJustine Fanthorpe svkcrd@cand.uscourts.gov408-535-5375
Civil Case Docketing, Docket Corrections & PDF Follow-upsCindy Hernandez cindy_hernandez@cand.uscourts.gov408-535-5386
Criminal Case DocketingCita Escolano408-535-5391
Email for Criminal Docket
Media Liaison
For all media inquiries:media@cand.uscourts.gov415-522-4051

Courtesy/Chambers Copy Requirements

The submission of chambers copies is often required for electronically filed documents. Whereas the local rules state whether and how soon chambers copies must be submitted, judges’ individual standing orders sometimes create additional requirements and may differ from the local rules in other particulars. If they are not in agreement, these orders supersede the local rules.

View general information requirements for courtesy/chambers copies under the local rules.

The pertinent parts of Judge van Keulen’s standing orders are set forth below:

Civil Scheduling and Discovery Standing Order

For materials filed in connection with motions for summary judgment and motions regarding patent infringement, invalidity or damages contentions, the filing party must deliver chambers copies no later than noon the day after the papers are filed.  Otherwise, no chambers copies of motions or discovery-related filings for determination by Judge van Keulen are required unless requested by the Court.

Settlement Conference Standing Order

No later than seven days prior to the conference, the parties must send the following statements in text-searchable PDF format to Judge van Keulen’s chambers at and deliver hard copies to chambers. The statements must not be filed in ECF. See Judge van Keulen’s Settlement Conference Standing Order for contents of the required settlement conference statements.

Civil Pretrial Standing Order

See Judge van Keulen’s Civil Pretrial Standing Order for detailed information about pretrial and trial materials that must be delivered to chambers.

Delivery Address

Robert F. Peckham Federal Building
& United States Courthouse
Office of the Clerk
280 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113

About Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen

Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen joined the Court following 28 years as a commercial and intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley.

Magistrate Judge van Keulen’s private law practice focused substantially on intellectual property cases in federal and state courts and in private arbitrations, with particular experience handling technology and commercial disputes involving semiconductor, computer, and electronics technologies. Magistrate Judge van Keulen prepared dozens of cases for trial and served as lead trial counsel in a number of cases in the Northern District. As an active part of her practice, she has also regularly represented pro bono clients in cases involving landlord-tenant disputes, immigration issues and legal remedies for domestic violence.

In addition to her active law practice, Magistrate Judge van Keulen served on the Northern District’s Patent Local Rules Advisory Subcommittee from 2006 to 2014 and has lectured and written widely on antitrust and patent law and federal procedure.

Magistrate Judge van Keulen graduated from the University of California, Davis and UCLA School of Law, then practiced law with the Thelen law firm (1988-2008) and then as a partner with O’Melveny & Myers where she served as Litigation Practice Leader at the Silicon Valley office until taking the bench.