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LAWYERS GO TO THE BAR, AND UNDER THE RAZOR, FOR CHARITY Around the federal building, San Francisco criminal defense attorney Ian Loveseth is known as the Wolfman. For some time, the 54-year-old lawyer’s flowing gray locks and bushy beard fit the part. But all that changed Thursday night, when Loveseth allowed a retired police officer and a San Mateo judge to take turns snipping off his hair at a fundraising party at the local Mars Bar, to raise money for kids with cancer. “Let me suggest that you don’t test it for drugs,” he joked, holding up his severed ponytail to a rowdy crowd dominated by prosecutors and defense attorneys. It was the first time defense attorneys got in on the local “Buzz the Fuzz” challenge of buzzing one’s head to show solidarity with cancer patients who have lost their hair through chemotherapy. In previous years, while defense attorneys gave generous donations, only police officers and prosecutors actually took the plunge. This time, the defense bar � particularly a longtime deputy public defender, Daro Inouye � stole the show. Inouye was planning to leave the party early when the crowd began chanting, “Daro! Daro!” With a bold smile and a twinkle in his eye, the 60-year-old public defender took off his jacket and loosened his tie. He decided that moment he would let go of his signature bright white coiffure. (Watch a slideshow.) “My client, he’s going to think I had a nervous breakdown,” Inouye said, as the buzzer slid along his scalp. But as it was the first cut of the night, the crowd went wild. “You look hot, Daro!” Assistant DA Van Ly yelled. About 70 police officers, four prosecutors and an investigator from the DA’s office had already gotten their heads buzzed leading up to this year’s event. San Francisco criminal defense solo Charles Bourdon, who’s in the middle of a trial in San Jose, also went bald Thursday night. By the end of the night, organizer Richard Hechler, an assistant DA, estimated the event had raised about $20,000 to go toward cancer research and fulfilling the last wishes of dying children. Hechler, who became a four-time Buzz the Fuzz participant Thursday, had opted earlier in the day for a bleached Mohawk that he wore in court for four pretrial conferences. The 53-year-old said he got some laughs, but if the extra attention meant more donations from people around the Hall of Justice, it was worth it. “It’s the most amazing way to change your persona,” Hechler said. But for Loveseth, whose voluminous hair will be donated to Locks of Love for a wig, a drastically different look probably won’t change much about him. “Mahatma teaches us that we must never be married to our appearance,” Loveseth said.

Millie Lapidario

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