Public invited to attend free Justice Summit Wednesday, May 6, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., lower level, enter at 30 Grove St.
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi led a rally on the steps of City Hall July 12, 2007, to oppose the City Attorney’s gang injunctions. Adachi has long been an outstanding defender and supporter of the City’s beleaguered Black community. Photo: John Han, Fog City Journal
The U.S. Constitution requires that an accused person who lacks the means to hire a lawyer is provided one. The job of public defenders and court appointed attorneys is to ensure that our constitutional rights are protected, that all Americans are treated fairly under the law, and that injustice and governmental misconduct are exposed.
Due to the economic downturn, an ever-increasing number of people cannot afford a lawyer and must rely on public defenders and court appointed counsel for help. Yet in San Francisco and across the nation, public defense offices are facing budget cuts that will make it impossible to provide adequate representation to their clients.