Appeals court finds prosecutor falsified evidence, throws out molestation case – Bakersfield, California
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THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending February 27, 2015
February 27, 2015 – 11:15 | Comments Off

368Menaster-150x150by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. (Note: You must log in to view this members-only content (see login box on upper right panel of this page)

SUBMITTING TO THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW ISN’T A FORCIBLE BLOOD DRAW [More…] »

Case Digests, Criminal Law Summaries by Gary Mandinach »

Criminal Law Case Summaries – January – February 2015
February 20, 2015 – 14:47 | Comments Off

Mandinach1By Gary Mandinach, Attorney at Law, California Appellate Project, Los Angeles, California

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1. People v. Givan (2015) Cal.App.4th , reported on January 21, 2015, in 2015 Los Angeles [More…] »

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Defending Gang Cases Seminar in San Diego! Saturday, March 21, 2015
February 19, 2015 – 23:53 | Comments Off

kona-kai-resort-02Saturday, March 21, 2015, at The Kona Kai Marina Hotel in San Diego!

1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, California 92106

Register online for this program: http://defender411.us/201503R

Program Coordinator:

Kathleen Cannon, Attorney at Law, San Diego, California

This Defending Gang Cases Seminar will provide you with 6.0 hours of continuing legal education participatory credits by addressing some very important aspects in the defense of gang cases. We will cover important topics that include trial preparation, cross-examination of a gang expert with closing argument themes, discovery issues, and an exhaustive review of the emerging laws in the area of gang evidence. Note: We have also reserved a block of lodging rooms at the Kona Kai Resort Hotel at a special rate. You can obtain lodging reservations via the internet – see elsewhere on this notice for the Internet link. If you call to make reservations, be sure to indicate you are attending the CPDA group event to obtain the discounted lodging rate. This program is MCLE accredited – please see box below for details.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE – Saturday, March 21, 2015

8:00 a.m. Registration & Check-In Coffee & Donuts

8:30 a.m. Winning Approaches To Your Gang Case – Ricardo Garcia, Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County Public Defender’s Office, Office of Multiple Conflicts

9:45 a.m. Evidentiary Challenges In The Gang Case – Gary Gibson, Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County Public Defender’s Office

11:00 a.m. Putting Some Hitch In Your Trombetta-Youngblood (Challenging The Government’s Destruction of Evidence) – Stephanie Freidenreich, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County [More…] »

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The California Public Defenders Association presents the 46th Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education Program – May 1-2, 2015 – Oakland Marriott City Center
February 5, 2015 – 19:27 | Comments Off

San-Francisco-Skyline-from-Berkeley-CACPDA’s 46th Annual Convention & MCLE Program

Friday & Saturday, May 1-2, 2015 – The Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, California 94607

[For Lodging and Program Registration- See below]

CPDA Convention Chair: Michael Ogul, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County

CPDA Continuing Legal Education & Training Program Coordinators:

Kathleen Cannon, Attorney at Law, Vista, California

Bart Sheela, Deputy Alternate Public Defender, San Diego County

This is CPDA’s 46th annual two-day convention seminar and we have some very special continuing legal education presentations scheduled for you! Lectures will include a review of 2014-15 case law, presentations on a variety of cutting-edge criminal defense topics, and specialized afternoon workshops that will energize your criminal defense practice and provide you with hours and hours of excellent MCLE-accredited participatory credits. CPDA has reserved a room block at the hotel at a special rate and there is an early cut-off date of April 8, 2015, so don’t delay in getting your discounted lodging by doing it on line now (see above or side panel for details).

PROGRAM SCHEDULE – DAY ONE – FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015 – OAKLAND MARRIOTT

8:00 a.m. Registration & Check-In Coffee & Pastries

8:30 a.m. Welcome: Garrick Byers, CPDA Outgoing – President, Deputy Public Defender, Contra Costa County

9:00 a.m. The Year’s Cases 2014-15 – Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County

10:30 a.m. “He got in my face so I shot him,” – How Defendant’s Language Deficits Impair Attorney-Client Relationships – Professor Michele LaVigne, University of Wisconsin School of Law

12:00 p.m. Annual Awards Presentation & Luncheon – Defender of The Year – Program of The Year – Gideon Award – Hon. Rose Elizabeth Bird Award and More!

2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Workshops & Coordinators

Discovery: Al Menaster & Michael Goodman, Deputy & Alternate Public Defender, Los Angeles County

Electronic Legal Research: Jason Cox, Attorney, Albany, California & Michael Kennedy, Attorney, Indio, California

Judicial Complaints: Jeff Adachi, SF Public Defender & Hon. Erica Yew, Judge, Superior Court, Santa Clara County

SVP Defense Practice Update: Laura Arnold, Deputy Public Defender, Riverside County

Friday Evening Event –  at the hotel – May 1st – Reception – 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE – DAY TWO – SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015 – OAKLAND MARRIOTT [More…] »

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Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 – Resource Center for Defenders
December 22, 2014 – 14:03 | Comments Off

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Most recent update: December 22, 2014 | 14:03 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 website if you’d like a notice each time something is posted on 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 login box on the right side of this page.  If you have not renewed your membership, you can do that via 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 website.   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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Criminal Law Case Summaries – January – February 2015
February 20, 2015 – 14:47 | Comments Off
Criminal Law Case Summaries – January – February 2015

By Gary Mandinach, Attorney at Law, California Appellate Project, Los Angeles, California
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1. People v. Givan (2015) …[select title for full text]

Defending Gang Cases Seminar in San Diego! Saturday, March 21, 2015
February 19, 2015 – 23:53 | Comments Off
Defending Gang Cases Seminar in San Diego! Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015, at The Kona Kai Marina Hotel in San Diego!
1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, California 92106
Register online for this program: http://defender411.us/201503R
Program Coordinator:
Kathleen Cannon, Attorney at Law, San Diego, California
This Defending Gang …[select title for full text]

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending February 27, 2015
February 27, 2015 – 11:15 | Comments Off
THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending February 27, 2015

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. (Note: You must log in to view this members-only content (see login box on upper right panel of this page)
SUBMITTING TO THE IMPLIED …[select title for full text]

The California Public Defenders Association presents the 46th Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education Program – May 1-2, 2015 – Oakland Marriott City Center
February 5, 2015 – 19:27 | Comments Off
The California Public Defenders Association presents the 46th Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education Program – May 1-2, 2015 – Oakland Marriott City Center

CPDA’s 46th Annual Convention & MCLE Program
Friday & Saturday, May 1-2, 2015 – The Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, California 94607
[For Lodging and Program Registration- See below]
CPDA Convention Chair: Michael Ogul, Deputy Public Defender, …[select title for full text]

Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 – Resource Center for Defenders
December 22, 2014 – 14:03 | Comments Off
Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 – Resource Center for Defenders

Most recent update: December 22, 2014 | 14:03 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]

Employment Opportunity – Public Defender Administrative Services Director – Merced County Public Defender’s Office
February 25, 2015 – 14:06 | Comments Off
Employment Opportunity – Public Defender Administrative Services Director – Merced County Public Defender’s Office

Job Title: Public Defender Administrative Services Director
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $34.09 – $41.48 Hourly
$70,907.20 – $86,278.40 Annually
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Merced County Public Defender 2150 M Street, Merced, California
Duties may include, but are not limited to the …[select title for full text]

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending February 20, 2015
February 20, 2015 – 14:49 | Comments Off
THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending February 20, 2015

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. (Note: You must log in to view this members-only content (see login box on upper right panel of this page)
REASONABLE, GOOD FAITH BELIEF …[select title for full text]

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending February 13, 2015
February 13, 2015 – 14:29 | Comments Off
THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending February 13, 2015

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. (Note: You must log in to view this members-only content (see log-in box on upper right panel of this page)
BATSON/WHEELER ERROR IN EXCUSING …[select title for full text]

Annual election procedures notice for board of directors / officers
February 8, 2015 – 15:34 | Comments Off
Annual election procedures notice for board of directors / officers

Date:   February 10, 2015
To:    All CPDA Individual Members and Associate Members
From:  CPDA Nominations Committee
Subject: Notice Regarding Annual Election Procedures for Board of Directors / Officers