Chief Defenders Association of New York Statement RE: Sudden Death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:05 AM | Jennifer Van Ort (Administrator)

The public defense community has suffered a great loss with the sudden death of Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender. Jeff spent his career in the service of his clients and staff. He was fearless in his litigation and advocacy, calling out the racism that permeates the criminal legal system and elevating the criminalization of poverty. So many of us were guided by Jeff in the work we do everyday. The Chief Defenders of New York sends our deepest condolences to Jeff’s family and our colleagues in his office and all the defender offices that worked so closely with him. - Tina Luongo, President, Chief Defenders Association of New York

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