San Francisco, CA — San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a 40,000-member bar association devoted to ensuring due process for those accused of crimes.

Adachi was elected Aug. 13 at the Association’s 59th annual meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

“Jeff’s prominence in the public defense community is a reflection of NACDL’s role as the preeminent organization representing the nation’s entire criminal defense bar, including public, private, and military defense counsel, and defense lawyers in all practice settings,” said NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer. “As is the case with all of NACDL’s leaders, Jeff’s participation on the NACDL Board will provide him with a national platform to promote much needed reform of the U.S. criminal justice system.”

Adachi has served as San Francisco’s elected Public Defender since 2002. Under his leadership, the San Francisco Public Defender’s office has earned a national reputation for its zealous advocacy, commitment to rehabilitation and reentry services, and its exposure of police misconduct. The office of 93 lawyers represent more than 23,000 people each year.

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