X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi is welcoming 12 new employees to his office this month, including five lawyers. The additions bring the office’s roster to 90 attorneys and 46 support staff. With the new hires, there are enough attorneys to create a new two-lawyer unit exclusively for probation violations, Adachi said. “There was a tendency before in the office to focus on what we call new violations,” Adachi said. But “probation violations are equally important because the clients sometimes face a high exposure without a jury trial.” Previously, probation violations accounted for about 10 percent to 15 percent of felony attorneys’ caseloads, the PD estimated. Terence Howzell returned to the public defender’s office Oct. 6 to work in the new unit, Adachi said. Howzell was a deputy public defender in San Francisco from 1991 to 1998, then left to work in civil law as a deputy city attorney, Adachi said. Three lawyers joined the misdemeanor unit Oct. 6: Monica Cummins last clerked for Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Melvin Brunetti in Reno. Seth Meisels and Kisha Cordero had both worked as volunteer lawyers in the public defender’s office since earlier this year. K. Kleigh Hathaway, formerly an associate with Palo Alto criminal defense firm Nolan, Armstrong & Barton, will join the felony unit Oct. 20, Adachi said. Adachi plans to start five new paralegals Oct. 20 and two new investigators a week later. The paralegals include Jennifer Guinan, Joan Kruckewitt, Kenneth Olivencia and Tiffany McClean. A fifth offer is pending, Adachi said. The new investigators are Christina Pena and Jill Shaw, Adachi said. Adachi lobbied city officials earlier this year to increase his annual budget from $13.4 million to $16 million so he could hire 18 new employees. His is one of the few offices making additions; many city offices, including the city attorney’s office, are making cuts in the wake of a budget crisis. Adachi plans to hire another lawyer within two weeks, an information technology employee in November and four paralegals in January.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.