CPDA Statement In The Aftermath of Recent Police Killings Across The United States of America
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December 19, 2014
CPDA is proud of the many Public Defender Offices who recently took a stand to affirm that Black lives matter.  CPDA takes this opportunity to call attention to the realities underlying the problem of …[select title for full text]

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Bay Area public defenders rally for Black Lives Matter
December 18, 2014 – 17:13 | Comments Off

"Contra Costa County Public Defenders demonstrate "Black Lives Matter to Public Defenders"Contra Costa Times – By Malaika Fraley and Gary Peterson – Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bay Area public defenders rallied at county courthouses on Thursday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and a nationwide call for accountability in cases of police brutality.

Noting their unique position to see racial inequality in the criminal justice system firsthand, the demonstrations coordinated by public defenders in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Solano and San Francisco counties follow protests that have been happening in the Bay Area and across the country since a grand jury on Nov. 24 announced that it would not indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, for fatally shooting black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

“We see it in the fact that people of color are underrepresented in our juries, and they’re overrepresented in our jails,” Robin Lipetzky, Contra Costa County chief public defender, said at a noontime rally in Martinez. “We see it when young men of color, our juvenile clients, are shackled in public and paraded across the street to their court appearances. We see it every day in judicial decisions and in district attorney filing decisions.”

More than a 100 Alameda County public defenders and support staff gathered on the steps of an Oakland courthouse overlooking Lake Merritt at 8 a.m. wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts for 4½ minutes of silence, representing the 4½ hours that Brown laid dead in the streets after he was shot and killed.

“That moment of silence is for Amadou Diallo. It’s for Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and all the others that have been killed and did not receive justice simply because they were black,” said Brendon Woods, Alameda County chief public defender…[for complete story see this link: http://defender411.us/1zC09L2 ]

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Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 – Resource Center for Defenders
December 13, 2014 – 18:15 | Comments Off

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Most recent update: December 13, 2014 | 18:15 hrs

First published October 30, 2014.  Updated as additional documents become available.

This Proposition 47 Resource Center will be seeing many resources added over the next few weeks, so be sure to subscribe to the Defender411 notices for this web site if you’d like a notice each time something is posted to the site, including to this resource center.

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Attention Defense Attys – The Annual Two-Day Juvenile Defense Seminar (Dependency &/or Delinquency) – Fri. &/or Sat., Jan. 23-24, 2015
December 4, 2014 – 14:50 | Comments Off

Monterey

CPDA Presents – The Annual Two-Day Juvenile Defense Seminar in Monterey!

Friday & Saturday, January 23 & 24, 2015 at The Monterey Beach Resort

2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, California 93940

Register (enroll) for this program at this link: http://defender411.us/2015-juv

Lodging Reservations: Reserve Lodging or 1-800-242-8627 or 1-831-394-3321

Program Coordinators:

Winston A. Peters, Assistant Public Defender, Los Angeles County

Martin F. Schwarz, Senior Assistant Public Defender, Orange County

This is CPDA’s 24th annual two-day seminar devoted entirely to juvenile law issues. One day will focus on dependency law, the next day on delinquency law. The program will feature discussions and lectures by some of the most experienced attorneys and experts practicing in the field of juvenile law issues. Written materials and a luncheon are included in the price of registration. This program qualifies for California MCLE participatory credit (see box below).

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Proposition 47 – Analysis and Emerging Issues (updated 11/24/2014)
November 24, 2014 – 14:15 | Comments Off

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Proposition 47 – Analysis and Emerging Issues

[Original title: “Analysis of Proposition 47 on the November 4, 2014 California Ballot”]

by Garrick Byers, CPDA President & Statute Decoder

Version: Monday, November 24, 2014

Download this doc  –>  Proposition_47_Analysis_and_Emerging_Issues_Byers_November-24-2014.pdf

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“Proposition 47 – What Should I Do Now?” – Presentation by Charles Denton – A California MCLE Self-Study Video / Audio Program
November 18, 2014 – 10:45 | Comments Off

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2015 CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar – Feb. 2015 in Monterey!
November 16, 2014 – 18:51 | Comments Off

Monterey

Greetings Defenders…

Registration is now open for the annual Capital Case Defense Seminar, to be held Feb 13-16, 2015.  For details, please go to the seminar website at www.ccdseminar.com

As most of you know, the CCDS is simply the most comprehensive criminal defense seminar in the country, period.  And although it is focused on capital defense, it includes presentations on a host of topics relevant to any complex felony case, including noncapital jury selection, noncapital murder cases, countless mental health and forensic sessions, discovery, prosecution misconduct, racial bias, storytelling, writing a persuasive brief, gangs, informants, experts, ethics, confessions, eyewitness ID, shaken baby cases, addiction and substance abuse, representing veterans, competency, and many more.  In addition, this year’s keynote will feature Craig Haney, and we’ll see the return of Bryan Stevenson for the first time in three years.  For those who haven’t heard, Bryan’s book, Just Mercy, has only recently been released.

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CPDA 2015 Annual Awards Notice and Nomination Process Information
November 3, 2014 – 14:35 | Comments Off

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On Friday, May 1, 2015, the California Public Defenders Association will present the following awards at its 47th Annual Convention which will be held at the Downtown Oakland Marriott Hotel and Resort (see calendar of events page for lodging info)

The Defender of the Year Award, The Defender Program of the Year Award, The Gideon Award, and The Honorable Rose Elizabeth Bird Award

The “Defender of the Year Award” was established to recognize a defender or defenders who, in the opinion of other defenders, deserve special recognition for their work in criminal defense practice. In some cases this is due to a particular effort in a case, while in other cases it is for an entire body of work. The recipient of the Defender of the Year Award last year was James Egar, Public Defender, Monterey County. The award is open to both public defenders and private defense counsel. [More…] »

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THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending December 19, 2014
December 19, 2014 – 22:48 | Comments Off

368Menaster-150x150by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office

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Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 – Resource Center for Defenders
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Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 – Resource Center for Defenders

Most recent update: December 13, 2014 | 18:15 hrs
First published October 30, 2014.  Updated as additional documents become available.
This Proposition 47 Resource Center will be seeing many resources added over the next few weeks, so …[select title for full text]

Attention Defense Attys – The Annual Two-Day Juvenile Defense Seminar (Dependency &/or Delinquency) – Fri. &/or Sat., Jan. 23-24, 2015
December 4, 2014 – 14:50 | Comments Off
Attention Defense Attys – The Annual Two-Day Juvenile Defense Seminar (Dependency &/or Delinquency) – Fri. &/or Sat.,  Jan. 23-24, 2015

CPDA Presents – The Annual Two-Day Juvenile Defense Seminar in Monterey!
Friday & Saturday, January 23 & 24, 2015 at The Monterey Beach Resort
2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, California 93940
Register (enroll) for this program at this …[select title for full text]

Bay Area public defenders rally for Black Lives Matter
December 18, 2014 – 17:13 | Comments Off
Bay Area public defenders rally for Black Lives Matter

Contra Costa Times – By Malaika Fraley and Gary Peterson – Thursday, December 18, 2014
Bay Area public defenders rallied at county courthouses on Thursday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and a nationwide …[select title for full text]

Proposition 47 – Analysis and Emerging Issues (updated 11/24/2014)
November 24, 2014 – 14:15 | Comments Off
Proposition 47 – Analysis and Emerging Issues  (updated 11/24/2014)

Initially published on October 30, 2014.  Updates posted as they occur. Check back often.
Proposition 47 – Analysis and Emerging Issues
[Original title: “Analysis of Proposition 47 on the November 4, 2014 California Ballot”]
by Garrick Byers, CPDA President …[select title for full text]

“Proposition 47 Passed! What To Do Now” – Presentation by CPDA President Garrick Byers – A California MCLE Self-Study Video / Audio Program
November 18, 2014 – 10:50 | Comments Off
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“Proposition 47 – What Should I Do Now?” – Presentation by Charles Denton – A California MCLE Self-Study Video / Audio Program
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“Proposition 47 – What Should I Do Now?” – Presentation by Charles Denton – A California MCLE Self-Study Video / Audio Program

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2015 CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar – Feb. 2015 in Monterey!
November 16, 2014 – 18:51 | Comments Off
2015 CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar – Feb. 2015 in Monterey!

Greetings Defenders…
Registration is now open for the annual Capital Case Defense Seminar, to be held Feb 13-16, 2015.  For details, please go to the seminar website at www.ccdseminar.com
As most of you know, the CCDS is …[select title for full text]

CPDA 2015 Annual Awards Notice and Nomination Process Information
November 3, 2014 – 14:35 | Comments Off
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First published Monday, November 3, 2014 | 14:35
On Friday, May 1, 2015, the California Public Defenders Association will present the following awards at its 47th Annual Convention which will be held at the Downtown Oakland …[select title for full text]

Employment Opportunity – Alameda County Associate Deputy Public Defender
December 18, 2014 – 15:41 | Comments Off
Employment Opportunity – Alameda County Associate Deputy Public Defender

Applications are currently being accepted for Associate Deputy Public Defender, the entry-level attorney position in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office.
Salary range is 78,104 – $117,873.
Register and complete an Application on-line at http://defender411.us/1z9SSVh
Applicants must be …[select title for full text]

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending December 12, 2014
December 12, 2014 – 09:08 | Comments Off
THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending December 12, 2014

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending December 12, 2014
by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office
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“Always Be Closing” by Brian A.S. Waite, Assistant Public Defender, Orange County. Power Point presentation file
December 6, 2014 – 20:41 | Comments Off
“Always Be Closing” by Brian A.S. Waite, Assistant Public Defender, Orange County. Power Point presentation file

From the 2014 December 6 Advanced Trial Skills Institute held in Palm Springs. “Always Be Closing” by Brian A.S. Waite, Assistant Public Defender, Orange County. Power Point presentation file.
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THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending November 28, 2014
November 28, 2014 – 18:02 | Comments Off
THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending November 28, 2014

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office
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