2014 Public Defender Justice Summit The Jury Is Out Photos

Here are photos from the recent 2014 Justice Summit held at Koret Auditorium.

Don’t Let The Court Destroy The Volunteer Attorney Program—Take Action Now!

Help us save the volunteer attorney program! Click in to read what’s happening, why, and how to save it.

Trial College

Please fill out the Trial College registration here if you’re interested in attending.

2012 Justice Summit Photos

Check out the photos from the 2012 Justice Summit!

Spring Trial College

Introduction Each year, the San Francisco Public Defender provides two trial college training opportunities to its attorneys and to members of the criminal defense bar.   The event is not open to the public, law students, prosecutors, or law enforcement. The office believes there is no better way to learn than by doing.  As such, our […]

Justice Summit: Justice By The Book

  The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office is proud to present the 2011 Justice Summit: Justice By The Book. Schedule: 9:00 am: Registration 9:30 am: Panel I: By the Book: Authors on Criminal Justice 11:15 am: Panel II: The Ethics of Law Enforcement: Preventing the Abuse of Power 12:30 pm: Lunch 1:30 pm: Panel III: […]

S.F. Public Defender Is Taking a Principled Stand by Fighting Cuts

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi recently announced that his office will be compelled to refuse appointments in some major felony cases under a 25 percent budget cut proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors. Critics suggest that Adachi is being unreasonable and that he is not a “team player.” Adachi’s stand is principled, correct and cost effective for San Francisco County.

Injustice Watch: If It’s Broke, Who’s Responsible for Fixing it?

The fact that the criminal justice system is, at times, unjust in its outcomes is rarely questioned. Only in the extreme cases, where a person is wrongfully imprisoned for a serious crime, will there be some coverage in the media. But day-to-day injustices are rarely exposed. Because of this, often the public is unaware of the criminal justice system’s own lack of accountability.

Budget Cuts Threaten Promise of Equal Justice

Budget cuts and soaring caseloads are pushing teetering public defender’s offices closer to the brink of collapse. However, after years of being under-resourced and overwhelmed, public defenders are finally pushing back.

Budget Cuts Will Break Gideon’s Promise

In the landmark 1963 case Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a poor person accused of a crime is entitled to competent and effective legal representation. However, the current economic crisis, rising recession-related crime, and soaring unemployment rates threaten to erode this basic right, which is guaranteed by the U.S. and California constitutions.

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