About Jeff Adachi – The Public Defender of San Francisco (2003 – 2009)

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Jeffery Gordon Adachi was an American attorney and politician who was the Public Defender of San Francisco served for seven years from 2003 to 2019. He was affiliated with the Democratic party.

Adachi preceded Kimiko Burton and was succeeded by Manohar ‘Mano’ Raju as a public defender of San Francisco.

Adachi Early Life And Education

Jeff was born on August 29, 1959, in Sacramento, California, USA. He was born into a family of World war II veterans. His father and grandfather were battle fighters in world war II.

Jeff Adachi 8558 1 minJeff Adachi for mayor candidacy. Source: @Hyphen Magazine.

Jeff was a poor student during his school life at C.K McClatchy High school. The reason for his notably poor performance in school can be attributed to the fact that he used to miss a lot of school as he did a lot of part-time jobs. Later he joined Sacramento city college, He then later transferred to the University of California where he completed his bachelor’s degree and in the year 1985, he received his Juris Doctor from the Hasting college of law.

Jeff Adachi Career

Jeff started his career in San Francisco as the Deputy Public Defender with San Francisco Public Defender’s office. He served there for Thirty-two years in various positions. In the year 2001 when the daughter of then-senator John Burton, Kimiko Burton-Curz was appointed as the Public Defender, Adachi was forced out of office for political reasons.

Later on, in the following year, Adachi ran for the post of public Defender against Mrs. Curz and won the race with a 55%-45% margin and was appointed as the Public Defender of San Francisco where he served for 15 years. He also ran two more campaigns as an unopposed candidate in the following years.

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In the state of California Adachi was the only Public Defender who was elected and got the position. He ran an office consisting of more than 100 or more attorneys and several other staff members and was widely respected and recognized in his field.

Adachi along with his other attorneys represented more than 23,000 people each year who were charged with various felony offenses. His office was known for various reforms in the state justice system including programs such as Drug Court, clean slate expungement services, and a full-service juvenile division.

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