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W.E...Heavy Hearts in San Francisco As Mayor London Breed Announces Death of Beloved Public Defender Jeff Adachi
February 22, 2019

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(Greatest Message of All time)                      Press Release February 22, 2019
W.E. Received 9:37 PM Pacific Standard Time
Friday, February 22, 2019
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131
San Francisco – Mayor London N. Breed issued the following statement regarding the passing of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who died tonight at the age of 59.
"I am saddened to announce that San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi passed away tonight. My heart goes out to his wife, Matsuko, his daughter, Lauren, and all his friends and family. 
As one of the few elected public defenders in our country, Jeff always stood up for those who didn't have a voice, have been ignored and overlooked, and who needed a real champion. He was committed not only to the fight for justice in the courtroom, but he was also a relentless advocate for criminal justice reform. Jeff lead the way on progressive policy reforms, including reducing recidivism, ending cash bail, and standing up for undocumented and unrepresented children.
San Francisco has lost a dedicated public servant, and our communities have lost a champion."
Biographical Content From the San Francisco Public Defender's Website:
Jeff Adachi is the Public Defender of the City and County of San Francisco. Before being elected as Public Defender in March 2002, Mr. Adachi worked as a deputy public defender in San Francisco for 15 years and in private practice for 2 years. From 1998-2001, he served as the Chief Attorney of the office. He has tried over 150 jury trials, including numerous serious felony and homicide cases, and has handled over 3,000 criminal matters throughout his career, including some of the Bay Area’s highest profile cases.
As the only elected Public Defender in the state of California, and one of few elected public defenders in the United States, Mr. Adachi oversees an office of 93 lawyers and 60 support staff. The office represents over 23,000 people each year who are charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. The office provides a panoply of innovative programs to its clients, including Drug Court, Clean Slate expungement services, and a full-service juvenile division. The office also has one of the country’s top intern programs for law students and graduates.
Mr. Adachi served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and is a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is the co-author of Chapter 25: Immunity for Testimony, in the California Criminal Law Procedure and Practice book, and a past board member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the San Francisco Bar Association. He is a past president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and the San Francisco Japanese American Citizen’s League. He has been a certified criminal law specialist since 1991. Mr. Adachi has also taught with BAR/BRI bar review for 15 years and has published five books on passing the bar exam.

In 1992, Mr. Adachi received the California State Bar Association’s Hufstedler Award for public service. In 1997, Mr. Adachi received the Asian American Bar Association’s Joe Morozumi Award for exceptional legal advocacy, and in 2003, was honored by the Asian American Bar Association of the Silicon Valley. In 2000, Mr. Adachi received the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee’s Managerial Excellence Award. In 2006, Adachi received the California Public Defender Association’s Program of the Year Award, and in 2007, the American Bar Association’s national Dorsey award for excellence in public defense. In 2007, Adachi was the recipient of the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award (CLAY) for his work in the field of prisoner reentry. In April 2009, Mr. Adachi received a second California Public Defenders Association Program of the Year Award for the office’s innovative Children of Incarcerated Parents program. In May 2010, Mr. Adachi was honored with the 2009 Defender of the Year award from the California Public Defenders Association. In December 2012, Mr. Adachi received the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Reginald Heber Smith Award for outstanding achievement and dedicated service. In 2013, he was honored with the San Francisco Lawyers Club’s Access to Justice Award and named Elected Official of the Year by Vanguard Court Watch. In 2014, his office’s Legal Educational Advocacy Program was honored with a Good Government Award by the civic planning organization SPUR and the City and County of San Francisco and named Program of the Year by the California Public Defender’s Association.
Mr. Adachi graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1985 and attended undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley. He serves on the Board of Directors of Cal Humanities and the California Public Defenders Association. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Mutsuko and daughter Lauren.
"This news is heartbreaking and I, too, extend condolences and join Mayor Breed and all who respected and loved Jeff Adachi for the warrior and champion he was for equal justice under the law. He was truly a public servant and a man I hoped to see in the Office of San Francisco Mayor, one day. May God bless and keep his family and all affected by his untimely demise." Jackie Wright, President of Wright Enterprises.
What More can I say...Romans 8... "What do we say to these things?..And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love..." Confirmation of Eternal Life...
Jeff Adachi, Public Servant & Filmmaker,
Friend of the San Francisco Black Film Festival
Jeff Adachi with SFBFF Director Kali O'Ray at KPFA Radio Station in Berkeley Promoting the Screening of His Film
SFBFF/Panel On Race Bias!
The 2016 San Francisco Black Film Festival included the screening of "America Needs A Racial Facial" by Jeff Adachi, a short video by attorney Jacq Wilson titled "Advocates for Justice," and a video clip of Interim San Francisco Chief of Police Toney Chaplin sharing his experience of police racial profiling.. Jackie Wright moderated the panel at Temple Emanu-El with Public Defender Adachi, Attorney Jacq Wilson, Judge Karen Clopton and Civil Rights Attorney Pamela Price. They addressed the issue of racial bias and racial profiling. Video by Johnnie Burrell of
Defender Trailer SFIFF
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