For nearly 100 years, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office has provided effective and competent legal representation to people who are charged with a crime and unable to afford an attorney.
Led by Manohar Raju, the office provides legal representation to over 25,000 indigent people charged with crimes each year.
Manohar RajuPublic Defender
Matt GonzalezChief Attorney
Patricia LeeAssistant Chief Attorney, Defend
Angela ChanAssistant Chief Attorney, Confront
Hadi RazzaqAssistant Chief Attorney, Operations
Lyslynn LacosteChief of Staff
The San Francisco Public Defender's Office offers a variety of opportunities for both established professionals and law students seeking to enter the fast-paced and rewarding field of criminal defense practice. In addition to handling cases, our staff is actively plugged into criminal justice reform, policy issues, and community outreach, offering a rewarding and holistic experience for anyone with a passion for the work that we do.
Public Defender Manohar Raju completed Implicit Bias Training on 01/13/2020 as required by San Francisco Administrative Code Section 16.9-28.