San Francisco, CA — Kwixuan Maloof of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office has been elected president of the Charles Houston Bar Association—the first time in 40 years a deputy public defender has headed the organization, which represents African American judges, lawyers and law students throughout Northern California.

Maloof, who has been a member of CHBA since 1997 and is currently the organization’s vice president, will take the helm Saturday, Dec. 4 following the Association’s annual dinner and dance at the City Center Marriott in Oakland.

Maloof, who currently manages the felony unit at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, said his goals for the CHBA include focusing on the professional development of young lawyers.

“Young attorneys are our future. We need to support and train them as they strive for personal and professional excellence and remain committed to ensuring justice, humanity and equality for all,” Maloof said.

CHBA was founded in 1955 and is committed to working within the African American community to facilitate access to the justice system and promote equal protection under the law.