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.

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