Changes and honors at the Public Defender’s Office

The Public Defender’s Office has been undergoing a lot changes in the last couple months, the most significant being the exit of Teresa Caffese, the chief attorney in the office, who is leaving Dec. 31 to start her own private practice.

And while it may not match the palace intrigue over at City Hall, the question of who will become Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s No. 2 is presenting some juicy scenarios.

The legal weekly, The Recorder, has already gone through some of potential replacements, which include Deputy Public Defender Nicole “Niki” Solis and former mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez, whose name hasn’t been left out of the interim mayoral picks.

Also, a lead attorney at the Public Defender’s Office has been elected president of the Charles Houston Bar Association, a prestigious law organization representing African American judges, lawyers and law students throughout Northern California.

Kwixuan Maloof, head of the department’s felony unit, is the first public defender to lead the organization in 40 years, according to the Public Defender’s Office.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsJeff AdachiPoliticsSan FranciscoUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Crab fisherman Skip Ward of Marysville casts his crab net out off a pier near Fort Point. (Craig Lee/Special to The	Examiner)
San Francisco came back to life, and we captured it all

Last spring, in the early days of the pandemic, the bestselling authors… Continue reading

Revelers at Madrone Art Bar in the early hours of June 15, 2021 (Courtesy Power Quevedo).
No social distancing at Motown-themed dance party

‘I don’t care how anyone feels, I just want to dance!’

Scenes from an SFO-bound BART train on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the day California fully reopened for business after the COVID pandemic. (Al Saracevic/SF Examiner)
SF reopens: BART riders dreading the end of the pandemic

‘I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be packed like sardines’

High noon in Union Square: Ten Canyon High School (Anaheim, CA) graduates, Class of 2021, on a senior trip in San Francisco. They weren’t certain of City rules so they remained masked outdoors. Even though one of their personal vehicles was broken into while touring Golden Gate Park, they appreciated the beauty of San Francisco. (Catherine Bigelow/The Examiner)
Signs of life: From Union Square style to Portola soul

‘The return of this icon is thrilling’

Most Read