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 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 ]
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.
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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 link: http://defender411.us/2015-juv
Lodging Reservations: Reserve Lodging or 1-800-242-8627 or 1-831-394-3321
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).
Program Schedule – Day One – Juvenile Dependency [More…] »
2015 CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar – Feb. 2015 in Monterey!
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
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 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…] »