Faculty: Ruth Astle, J.D.

Ruth Astle Samas, SJD, JD

Senior Adjunct Professor
San Francisco, Online

Dr. Ruth Astle received an SJD in international legal studies from Golden Gate University in 2008 and her JD from Golden Gate University in 1974. She was an administrative law judge from 1985 to 2015, hearing cases for the California central panel agency. Ruth was a member of the Medical Quality Hearing Panel for more than 15 years. She has taught courses in the Executive MPA program since 2009, and is now a senior adjunct professor. Ruth also serves as an adjunct professor in the law school, teaching practical legal writing.  She was selected by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to be a Fulbright Specialists Candidate. Ruth received a senior Fulbright grant to teach international law in the Ukraine in 2009. She is active in Queen's Bench Bar Association, acting as president in 1984.  


EMPA 306
Public Service and the Law
EMPA 308
Judicial History and Governance
EMPA 309
Trends and Challenges in Judicial Administration


  • SJD, Golden Gate University Law School
  • JD, Golden Gate University Law School
  • BA, San Francisco State University


  • 2009 - Present: Senior Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 2009 - Present: Instructor, University of Phoenix Teaching Business
  • 2008 - 2009: Dissertation Committee, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 2002 - Present: Text Book Reviewer, Delmar Publishing
  • 1990 - Present: Associate Professor, San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning
  • 1985 - Present: Administrative Law Judge II, Office of Administrative Hearings
  • 1985 - Present: Grader, Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California
  • 1983 - 1985: San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board, City of San Francisco
  • 1975 - 1983: Private Practice of Law
  • 1985 - Present: Grader, Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California


  • California Administrative Hearing Practice 2nd ed., CEB 1997 Chapter 6
  • California Code of Regulations, title 1, division 2, Chapter 1 (General Administrative Procedure Act Procedures drafting committee) 1997
  • People v Navarette (1976) 54 CA3d 1064 published opinion
  • Solberg v Superior Court (1977) 19 Cal.3d 182 published opinion


  • President, Queens Bench
  • Board of Governors, California Women Lawyers
  • National Association of Administrative Law Judges
  • Golden Gate University Alumni Board
  • San Francisco Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board (Neutral Member) appointed by Mayor Dianne Feinstein 1984
  • Re-appointed by Mayor Art Agnos 1990. Awarded San Francisco Signum Laudis as President of the Rent Board


  • Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award (Executive Master of Public Administration), Golden Gate University, 2015
  • Senior Fulbright Grant to teach international law in Ukraine Fall 2009.
  • Fulbright Specialists Candidate
  • Fellowship, National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary
  • Faculty Star, San Francisco State University Paralegal Studies Program
  • Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, San Francisco State University
  • University Judith McKelvey Award for outstanding Alumna, Golden Gate University
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Leaders Read Readers Lead Program, February 2000
  • Department of General Services Woman of the Year Award
  • Queens Bench (Bar Association) Merit Award
  • Honors, California Women Lawyers for distinguished service
  • Proclamation, City and County of San Francisco, Signum Laudis