CPDA statement following the arrest and detention of a San Francisco County deputy public defender in a California courthouse – For protecting her client’s rights as he was being questioned and photographed
January 31, 2015
The California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) is proud to support San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Jami Tillotson and her office. Ms. Tillotson had the courage to stand up for her client and help him assert his rights, only to be arrested for representing her client in the Hall of Justice Courthouse.
San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Brian Stansbury insisted on taking photographs of her African-American client despite having no legal grounds to detain him. The young man was in the courthouse hallway, having just appeared in court with Ms. Tillotson as his attorney. When Ms. Tillotson simply stood in front of her client and explained that he was her client, Sgt. Stansbury insisted on taking his photograph and arrested her because she had the temerity to stand between him and her client.
Ms. Tillotson’s bravery once again demonstrates that the Bill of Rights, which is the only constitutional protection guaranteeing all of us the right to be free from police oppression, would be nothing but meaningless words on a weathered piece of parchment without the public defenders and other criminal defense attorneys who stand up for all of our rights every day.
Sgt. Stansbury is already being sued in federal court for civil rights violations based on claims he participated in the assault of an off-duty African-American San Francisco Police Officer that was result of racial profiling. These incidents remind us of the concern that people of color are often profiled and treated unfairly by some law enforcement officers.
The arrest of Ms. Tillotson seems to have been an attempt to discourage public defenders from standing up for the rights of these clients. We are proud of Ms. Tillotson for being undeterred, and all of CPDA stands with her.
Garrick Byers, CPDA President
Michael Ogul, CPDA Media Info. Committee
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…] »
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
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…] »
Seminar – New Statutes and New Issues for Criminal Defense Attorneys – February 7, 2015 – Berkeley
The California Public Defenders Association presents…The Third Annual New Statutes Seminar – New Statutes and New Issues for Criminal Defense Attorneys
Saturday February 7, 2015
Register/Enroll in this program online: http://defender411.us/2015-02
At The Berkeley Marina DoubleTree Hotel, 200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, California 94710
Garrick Byers, Statute Decoder, CPDA Legislative Committee Member, Special Assignments Attorney, Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office
This is CPDA’s 3rd Annual New Statutes Seminar – Designed to bring you up to date regarding important new statutes affecting criminal defense practice. This year the program will be examining important aspects of recently enacted initiatives and statutes – including Proposition 47, immigration issues, re-entry laws, and wide variety of important statutes to know about for those who practice criminal defense in California. Our featured speakers are all experienced defense attorneys and professionals from around the state who will offer their insights into these and other topics related to newly enacted statutes relevant to criminal defense practice in California. Note: We have blocked a limited number of lodging rooms at the Berkeley Marina DoubleTree Hotel at a discounted rate. See elsewhere on this flyer for details on making lodging reservations.
New Statutes 2015 – Program Schedule
8:00 a.m. Registration & Check-In Coffee & Donuts
9:00 a.m. Proposition 47: A Million Questions, Few, If Any, Answers – Al Menaster, Appellate Division, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office
10:00 a.m. Re-Entry Law and Practice: Inside & Out – Rebekah Evenson, Prison Law Office, and Eliza Hersh, East Bay Legal Clinic [More…] »
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 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.
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…] »