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City Attorney Dennis HerreraSan Francisco has long been at the forefront of legal efforts to protect consumers, defend the integrity of our public institutions and advance civil rights for every American. I'm proud to continue that tradition as City Attorney, and my office remains committed to providing our City with the highest caliber legal representation. It is my pleasure to offer this Web site as a means to make my office more open and accessible to the people it serves. Thanks for visiting.

Sincerely,

DENNIS J. HERRERA
City Attorney of San Francisco

Trial underway on City College's accreditors

City Attorney Dennis Herrera's lawsuit against the private agency seeking to terminate City College of San Francisco's accreditation went to trial on Oct. 27. The lawsuit alleges that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or ACCJC, allowed its political advocacy and bias unfairly and unlawfully prejudice its evaluation of the college. For City College, the loss of accreditation would effectively shutter a cherished public institution that Herrera has described as "a cornerstone of economic opportunity and educational promise for generations of San Franciscans."

As part of his case, Herrera won a court injunction on Jan. 2, 2014 that prohibits the ACCJC from proceeding with its termination of City College’s accreditation, which it had planned to do last July. That injunction remains in effect. If successful, Herrera’s litigation would secure a court order vacating the ACCJC’s termination decisions and requiring accreditors to re-evaluate City College anew using fair and lawful procedures.

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Abating lead paint hazards in California
After a thirteen year battle that broke new legal ground and consumed years of work by public and private attorneys, the City and County of San Francisco along with Santa Clara County, Los Angeles County and seven other California cities and counties won a $1.1 billion judgment from the Honorable Judge James P. Kleinberg of Santa Clara Superior Court, who ruled that three manufacturers of lead-based paints are jointly liable for the cost of removing their products from homes around the state.

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Suing Nevada over 'patient dumping' practices
City Attorney Herrera has filed a class action against the State of Nevada for its controversial "patient dumping" practices -- busing hundreds of indigent people who suffer from mental health afflictions to out-of-state locations, including San Francisco, "with inadequate provisions of food and medication, and without prior arrangements for their care, housing or medical treatment upon arrival." The lawsuit is on behalf of all California localities affected by the practice.

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Monster Energy's shameless marketing to kids
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is engaged in litigation against Monster Beverage Corporation for violating California law with its marketing of highly-caffeinated energy drinks to children as young as six-years-old, despite scientific findings that such products may cause "significant morbidity in adolescents" from elevated blood pressure, brain seizures, and severe cardiac events.

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Defending common-sense gun safety laws
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed suit against three gun accessories companies and a gun show promoter for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines in California in violation of a state law that prohibits the sale, manufacture, or import of gun ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds. The equipment is marketed as gun magazine "repair kits" in a barely-disguised attempt to skirt a 14-year-old California gun safety law, according to Herrera's complaint.

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LAW OF THE CITY

San Francisco Charter and Codes

The entire San Francisco Charter and all San Francisco codes are available online through American Legal Publishing Corporation. Click the link above to see the table of contents for San Francisco's governing documents. (External link)
MAJOR CASE

S.F.'s legal fight for marriage equality

In June of 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Hollingsworth v. Perry that the plaintiffs lacked standing to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Proposition 8 violated the U.S. Constitution. The decision reinstated a victory for the City, for gay and lesbian couples, and for believers in equality everywhere.
MAJOR CASE

Nevada 'patient dumping' lawsuit

The City has filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Nevada, after a four month investigation revealed that a state-run hospital in Las Vegas was extensively involved in "patient dumping" -- busing hundreds of indigent people who suffer from mental health afflictions to out-of-state locations, including San Francisco.
RFP

Reconstruction and remediation services

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to provide emergency and non-emergency reconstruction and remediation services. The RFP deadline is May 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
INTERNSHIP

UPDATE: Spring term internship deadline extended

We have extended the deadline to apply for Spring term internships from October 17 to October 31. Students currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the City Attorney's intern program.  Learn more here.

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