BayLegal mourns the loss of Jeff Adachi, a leader for equal justice

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We have lost a powerful partner and voice in the fight for social justice.  Jeff Adachi was a courageous trailblazer, speaking out and fighting for all.  His commitment to equal justice for low-income San Franciscans in the criminal justice system was evident throughout his nine terms as the City’s Public Defender. 
 
Mr. Adachi and BayLegal shared a deep commitment to high quality individual advocacy and addressing the systemic and discriminatory barriers that result in intergenerational poverty and recidivism.   Our clients and community will forever benefit from his leadership in recognizing the importance of and cultivating a collaborative and collegial relationship between the Public Defender’s Office and civil legal services. 
 
With great sorrow, but invigorated by his passion and dedication we continue the fight!