Jeff Adachi Biography – Jeff Adachi Wiki
Jeff Adachi was the Public Defender of San Francisco since 2002 and a pension reform advocate.
Jeff Adachi Education
He attended Sacramento City College before transferring. Adachi received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1985.
Jeff Adachi Age
He was born on August 29, 1959 in Sacramento, California United States. He died on February 22, 2019 in San Francisco, California at the age of 59.
Jeff Adachi Parents
Adachi was the son of Gladys Adachi, a lab technician, and Sam, a car mechanic.
Jeff Adachi Family
Adachi was the older of two brothers raised by Gladys, a lab technician, and Sam, a car mechanic. His brother, Stanley, is now a Boeing engineer.
Jeff Adachi Wife
He was married to Mutsuko Adachi since to the time of his death. The two met when they were co-emcees at the city’s Cherry Blossom Queen pageant in 1997. They had one child, a daughter named Lauren Adachi.
Jeff Adachi Daughter
Adachi and his wife Mutsuko had a daughter named Lauren Adachi. She is a competitive ice-skater.
Jeff Adachi Awards
In 1992, Jeff Adachi received the California State Bar Association’s Hufstedler Award for public service. In 1997, Adachi received the Asian American Bar Association’s Joe Morozumi Award for exceptional legal advocacy, and in 2003, was honored by the Asian American Bar Association of the Silicon Valley. In 2000, Adachi received the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee’s Managerial Excellence Award.
In 2006, Jeff Adachi received the California Public Defender Association’s Program of the Year Award, and in 2007, the American Bar Association’s national Dorsey award for excellence in public defense. In 2007, Adachi was the recipient of the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award (CLAY) for his work in the field of prisoner reentry.
In April 2009, Adachi received a second California Public Defenders Association Program of the Year Award for the office’s innovative Children of Incarcerated Parents program. In May 2010, Adachi was honored with the 2009 Defender of the Year award from the California Public Defenders Association. In December 2012, Adachi received the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Reginald Heber Smith Award for outstanding achievement and dedicated service.
In 2013, he was honored with the San Francisco Lawyers Club’s Access to Justice Award and named Elected Official of the Year by Vanguard Court Watch. In 2014, his office’s Legal Educational Advocacy Program was honored with a Good Government Award by the civic planning organization SPUR and the City and County of San Francisco and named Program of the Year by the California Public Defender’s Association.
Jeff Adachi Death
He died on February 22, 2019 in San Francisco, California at the age of 59. He was found unresponsive at a residence on Telegraph Hill.
According to the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Fire Department, paramedics arrived at the home on the unit block of Telegraph Lane, a narrow and quiet cul-de-sac near Coit Tower, between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday February 22, 2019 after someone called 911 reporting a man was having a medical emergency.
According to the city medical examiner, Adachi was rushed to California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific Campus on Buchanan Street, where he was pronounced dead at 6:54 p.m.
Once hospital officials determined the man was Jeff Adachi, the city’s elected public defender, they notified police, who began an investigation into the death. Police learned that a woman had been performing CPR on Adachi when paramedics arrived.
Sgt. Michael Andraychak, a department spokesman, said on Twitter: “The OCME is the lead agency in this investigation. The San Francisco Police Department is assisting. This is a death case with cause to be determined. There are no signs of foul play.”
Mayor London Breed confirmed his death in a statement late Friday: “I am saddened to announce that San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi passed away tonight. My heart goes out to his wife, Matsuko, his daughter, Lauren, and all his friends and family.”
Katy St. Clair, a spokesperson for the Public Defender’s Office said Adachi had trouble breathing while out to dinner with a friend. Katy St. Clair said:
“Everything you’ve heard about his drive and dedication about criminal justice reform and his respect for our clients is true. Our department is one of the leading lights among public defenders in the country and he elevated our goals and ethics to a level we all pushed ourselves to rise to.”
Jeff Adachi Cause of Death – Jeff Adachi Heart Attack
Adachi’s colleagues at the public defender’s office said they believe Jeff Adachi’s cause of death was heart attack, but the medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine an official cause and manner of death.
Jeff Adachi Salary
As of July 1, 2017, Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s salary went up $6,109, to $247,909.
Jeff Adachi Net Worth
Jeff Adachi owned a $1.5 million dollar home.
Jeff Adachi Nationality
He was of American nationality.
Jeff Adachi Ethnicity
He was of Asian American ethnicity.
Jeff Adachi Documentary – Jeff Adachi Film
Jeff Adachi made three feature-length documentaries and two short films. His feature films “The Slanted Screen” (2006) and “You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story” (2009) examined the challenges Asian American actors faced in Hollywood. “Defender” (2017), co-directed by Jim Choi, used a case Adachi defended to examine racial inequities in the criminal justice system.
Each of the films were shown in film festivals, and “You Don’t Know Jack” remains available on DVD. Some of Adachi’s cases and his bruising 2002 campaign for public defender against Kimiko Burton-Cruz were featured in Pamela Yates’ 2002 documentary “Presumed Guilty: Tales of the Public Defenders.”