Practice Advisory from Immigrant Legal Resource Center – California Prop 47 & SB 1310 – Representing Immigrants
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In 2014, California adopted two new laws that can be very helpful to noncitizens convicted of California offenses: SB 1310 provides that the maximum possible sentence for a misdemeanor is 364 days and Prop 47 …[select title for full text]

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Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 – Resource Center for Defenders
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Most recent update: November 25, 2014 | 17:19  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.

(Note: You must log in (over on the right side of this page) to view this members-only content (see log-in box on upper right panel of this page) If you have problems logging in, you can email tech support at claratech @ cpda.org   All practice tips and practice samples are on this site but members cannot access them until fully logged in on this site, which you may do by using the log in box on the right side of this page.  If you have not renewed your membership, you can do that at this link or you can call during business hours 1.800.538.4993 x 304 and renew by phone to gain access to this members web site.   Note: The Prop. 47 analysis document is available on the front page of this site without logging in, but any sample practice documents and memos related to tips and suggestions, etc. that are written specifically for defenders are not accessible unless you log in.

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Proposition 47 – Analysis and Emerging Issues (updated 11/24/2014)
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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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Attention Defense Attorneys: The 22nd Annual Advanced Trial Skills Institute – Palm Springs – December 6, 2014
November 16, 2014 – 14:45 | Comments Off

Renaissance_Palm_Springs_01The California Public Defenders Association presents: The 22nd Annual Advanced Trial Skills Institute!

Saturday – December 6, 2014 at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Lodging Reservations – See below.

Program Coordinators:

Traci Owens, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County

Bart Sheela, Deputy Alternate Public Defender, San Diego County

CPDA has put together a special seminar that will address a wide array of issues that arise in trial practice related to advanced trial skills. The featured speakers are all very experienced in these areas and we are sure you will gain a great deal of knowledge and skills by attending this popular annual program. Note: We have blocked a large group of lodging rooms at the Palm Springs Renaissance Hotel at a group rate discount. Be sure to tell the hotel that you are attending this CPDA event when you call to make reservations to take advantage of this special rate (this lodging rate has a cut-off date of November 5, 2014, so make reservations soon if you plan to attend). This program is California State Bar MCLE accredited – please see box below for details.

Program Schedule: Saturday, December 6, 2014 CPDA Program No. S545

8:15 a.m. Registration & Check-In / Coffee & Donuts

9:00 a.m. Sittin’ and Rockin’ – Talking with Your Client – Cynthia Roseberry, Project Manager, Clemency Project 2014

10:15 a.m. Confession Law in Practice – A Case Study

—-> Megan Burns, Deputy Public Defender, San Francisco County

—-> Jason Cox, Attorney at Law, Albany, California

12:00 p.m. Luncheon (included in registration fee)

1:00 p.m. Tricks of the Trade – Monique Carter, Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County

2:00 p.m. Theme Selection for Jury Connection – Zaki Zehawi, Deputy Alternate Public Defender, San Diego County

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CPDA 2015 Annual Awards Notice and Nomination Process Information
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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…] »

Proposition 47 – Analysis and Emerging Issues (updated 11/24/2014)
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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
“Proposition 47 Passed! What To Do Now” – Presentation by CPDA President Garrick Byers – 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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“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]

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: November 25, 2014 | 17:19  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 Attorneys: The 22nd Annual Advanced Trial Skills Institute – Palm Springs – December 6, 2014
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Attention Defense Attorneys: The 22nd Annual Advanced Trial Skills Institute – Palm Springs – December 6, 2014

The California Public Defenders Association presents: The 22nd Annual Advanced Trial Skills Institute!
Saturday – December 6, 2014 at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Lodging Reservations – See below.
Program Coordinators:
Traci …[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]

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending November 21, 2014
November 21, 2014 – 09:58 | Comments Off
THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending November 21, 2014

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office
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Criminal Law Case Summaries – October-November 2014
November 20, 2014 – 11:37 | Comments Off
Criminal Law Case Summaries – October-November 2014

By Gary Mandinach, Attorney at Law, California Appellate Project, Los Angeles, California
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