San Francisco leaders remember Jeff Adachi as advocate for justice

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — In San Francisco on Monday a memorial was held at city hall for the late public defender Jeff Adachi.

Adachi died back on Feb. 22, and at today’s memorial, hundreds of people attended including former Mayor Willie Brown, current Mayor London Breed and Matt Gonzalez who works in the public defender’s office.

They all recall a man dedicated to his work.

“Jeff understood that making a difference in people’s lives wasn’t about just fighting for them in courtroom,” said Breed. “He knew the work started in the community to keep kids from getting into trouble in the first place.”

Former Mayor Brown called the public defender an advocate.

“During every stage of his career, during the time that he served all of us, he was a strong advocate for every aspect for what ought to be the rights of all the people,” Brown said.

Gonzalez remembers Adachi as someone who fought for justice.

“In the 28 years that I knew Jeff , I never saw him run away from injustice. Rather, he ran towards it. It was something he wanted to combat,” said Gonzalez.

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