Chief Attorney Teresa Caffese Named to List of Top 75 Women Litigators

The Daily Journal has selected Teresa Caffese, Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, as one of California’s Top 75 Women Litigators.

Mentally Ill Man Pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Omeed Aziz Popal, 30, pled not guilty by reason of insanity today, at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street.

Jon Osaki to Receive 2008 Juvenile Justice Hero Award

Jon Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), will receive the 2008 Juvenile Justice “Hero” award for his outstanding work supporting youth in San Francisco. The award will be presented by Public Defender Jeff Adachi at the Fifth Annual Juvenile Justice Summit: “Less Talk, More Action: Solutions for Safe Schools and Safe Streets” on Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

Woman Acquitted Twice by Two Separate Juries in Same Month – PD Questions DA’s Motive in Filing Loitering Charges

San Francisco, CA – A 26-year-old San Francisco woman was acquitted twice by two separate juries. Tried twice over a one-month period, the woman had been charged by prosecutors with loitering with the intent to commit prostitution on June 8, 2007 and October 23, 2007 in San Francisco. Prosecutors argued that the woman had been […]

San Francisco Behavioral Health Court Wins Best Practices Award

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Behavioral Health Court (BHC) has been selected by the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO) to receive a 2008 Best Practices Award. BHC was one of three projects selected for this statewide honor. BHC redirects mentally ill offenders from jail and into intensive case management programs in the […]

Public Defender Jeff Adachi Receives California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award

San Francisco, CA – Public Defender Jeff Adachi has been named a recipient of the 2007 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award. California Lawyer magazine will recognize Public Defender Adachi for the impact of his work in the field of prisoner reentry. The recipients of the CLAY Awards are featured in the March 2008 […]

Public Defender’s Office, ACLU, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Call For Gang Injunction Exit Process

San Francisco, CA – In a letter addressed to the Board of Supervisors, the Public Defender’s Office, the ACLU of Northern California (“ACLU-NC”) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (“LCCR”) requested today that the City enact a policy to ensure that all persons named in San Francisco gang injunctions are given the opportunity to […]

Jeff Adachi Honored by the Center for Young Women’s Development at the Cheyenne Bell Leadership Awards Ceremony

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will be honored alongside two San Francisco community leaders on Thursday, December 6 at the Fifth Annual Cheyenne Bell Leadership Awards Ceremony, hosted by The Center for Young Women’s Development.  Jeff Adachi, Tinisch Hollins and Ida McCray will be presented with an award recognizing their […]

Three Local Criminal Defense Lawyers To Be Honored With The Public Defender’s 2007 Gideon Award

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office is proud the announce the recipients of the 2007 Gideon Award: Nina Wilder, Eileen Burke and Christopher Gauger. The Gideon Award is presented annually by the Public Defender’s Office to members of the criminal defense bar, both public and private, in honor of their commitment […]

Bayview Family Man Acquitted of Resisting Arrest and Battery

San Francisco, CA – Last Wednesday, Ronald Brown, a 43-year-old husband and father of three, was acquitted of two counts of resisting arrest and battery on a police officer. The charges stemmed from accusations that he interfered with his stepson’s arrest. On October 18, 2006, at 1:30am, Brown was awoken by a knock at his door. […]

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