California – Monterey County Public Defender James Egar named “Defender of the Year” as jail lawsuit proceeds
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The Monterey Herald – By Julia Reynolds – March 31, 2014
SALINAS – Monterey County’s chief Public Defender Jim Egar has been chosen as Defender of the Year by the California Public Defenders’ Association — just …[select title for full text]

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CPDA Presents: The Annual Public Defender Office Management Seminar – Thursday, May 1, 2014 – San Diego
April 7, 2014 – 16:11 | Comments Off

Note: There may be one or two minor updates to this flyer later this week and any updated version will be similarly released, but registrations, etc. can now begin!

When: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Where: Mission Bay Hilton Hotel – 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

Coordinators:

Jeff Adachi, San Francisco County Public Defender

Brendon Woods, Alameda County Public Defender

This seminar covers practical, policy and ethical issues in public defender and indigent criminal defense offices.  It is also a time to for supervisors and managers from throughout the state to gather and discuss innovations in criminal defense.   Please feel free to distribute this flyer to your office’s supervisors and management staff.

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

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions – Jeff Adachi & Brendon Woods [More...] »

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The California Public Defenders Association presents the 45th Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education Program
April 6, 2014 – 22:50 | Comments Off

San-Diego-Mission-Bay-HiltonThe California Public Defenders Association presents the 45th Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education Program

Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, 2014 at The San Diego Mission Bay Hilton Resort Hotel
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, California 92109

For program registration and lodging reservations, see below

Convention Chair: Juliana Humphrey, Deputy Public Defender, San Diego

Training Coordinators:

Kathleen Cannon, Attorney at Law, Vista, California

Bart Sheela, Deputy Alternate Public Defender, San Diego County

This is CPDA`s 45th annual two-day convention seminar and we have some very special continuing legal education presentations scheduled for you!

Lectures will include a review of 2013-14 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 March 31, 2014, so don`t delay in getting your discounted lodging by doing it on line now.

Note: On Thursday evening, May 1, 2014, there will be an early arrivals reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday evening there will be an evening event at the hotel from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE – DAY ONE – FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014

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

8:30 a.m. Welcome: Winston A. Peters, CPDA Outgoing – President, Assistant Public Defender, Los Angeles County

9:00 a.m. The Year`s Cases 2013-14 – Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County (Appellate Branch)

10:30 a.m. Somewhere Over The Rainbow: Preparing and Presenting an Effective Closing Argument – Laura Hogue, Attorney at Law, Macon, Georgia [More...] »

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Op-Ed: Defenders must address underlying causes of criminality
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Winston A. Peters, CPDA President

 Defenders must address underlying causes of criminality

Over the course of my long career as a public defender I have come to realize that many of the underlying causes that bring troubled adults and children into the justice system remain largely unaddressed or even ignored. These public health issues include mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, co-occurring disorders, developmental disability, homelessness, and abuse and trauma. Clients in the justice system are often undiagnosed, untreated and unassisted as they attempt to navigate social and medical services. Immigration problems and English proficiency may further complicate matters.

There are approximately 33,000 mentally ill adult prisoners in California state prisons – close to 30 percent of the total prison population. A 2005 final report prepared for the Chief Probation Officers of California and the California Mental Health Directors Association estimated that 50 to 75 percent of youth in juvenile detention facilities have diagnosable mental health disorders.

Today, with the passage of recent legislation, public defenders and other defense counsel must not only prepare and litigate the legal aspects of cases in the courtroom, they must also be prepared to address the underlying causes of criminal behavior.  Competent defense representation therefore includes addressing adult re-entry eligibility and suitability criteria, as well as cultivating extensive knowledge of mitigation evidence and community resources to address rehabilitation. [More...] »

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Attn. Defense Attorneys: CPDA Presents – A Scientific Evidence Seminar – Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Berkeley, CA
February 26, 2014 – 23:44 | Comments Off

BerkeleyMarinaDoubleTreeHotelThe California Public Defenders Association presents….

Scientific Evidence Seminar – Saturday, July 12, 2014

At The Berkeley Marina DoubleTree Hotel
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, California 94710

(Program registration and lodging reservations links below)

Program Coordinators:

Jennifer Friedman, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County

Bart Sheela, Deputy Alternate Public Defender, San Diego County

This seminar on scientific evidence will provide you with 6.0 hours of California State Bar MCLE participatory credits by addressing important issues in a number of forensic disciplines. This one-day program will include presentations on litigating the admissibility of forensic science using Frye and Sargon, issues in computer forensics, challenges to cell phone mapping testimony, litigating the admissibility of low copy DNA and expert systems used to interpret DNA, as well as litigating legal issues in eyewitness identification cases. Note: CPDA has reserved a block of lodging rooms at the meeting facility 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.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE – SATURDAY – JULY 12, 2014

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

9:00 a.m. Litigating Admissibility: Frye & Sargon – Charles Sevilla, Attorney at Law, San Diego, CA

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Computer Forensics

—> Marcus Lawson, Global CompuSearch LLC, Spokane, Washington

—> Firdaus Dordi, Attorney at Law, Los Angeles

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

1:00 p.m. Cell Phones [More...] »

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CPDA Presents: The 6th Annual Two-Day DUI Defense Practice Institute – June 20-21, 2014 – Monterey, California!
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The California Public Defenders Association presents

Monterey-Beach-Resort-BeachFriday & Saturday, June 20 & 21, 2014 – at the Monterey Beach Resort, 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, California 93940

See below for lodging reservations via the Internet

Program Coordinators:

Bruce Kapsack, Attorney at Law, Oakland, California

Jose Varela, Marin County Public Defender

Join us for this special continuing legal education seminar that will provide an informative and practical approach to handling driving under the influence cases. The speakers are all recognized experts in handling DUI cases and this annual seminar will give you an opportunity to sharpen your skills and knowledge as you defend these difficult cases. We have blocked a large group of lodging rooms at the Monterey Marriott at a very special rate, so be sure to tell the hotel that you are with CPDA when you call to make reservations to take advantage of this special rate. Please note: The lodging cut-off date for our special rate is close of business on May 20th, so make your reservations at the hotel now. The program registration fee includes syllabus and lunch.   Link for online registration —>http://defender411.us/201406-Register

DAY ONE – Friday, June 20, 2014

12:00 p.m. Registration/Check In

12:50 p.m. Introductions & Announcements

1:00 p.m. Substance Abuse Realities for Attorneys: Lessons Learned (1 hr. Substance Abuse credit)

—> Raul Ayala, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Los Angeles

—> Elsa Leyva, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Figuring Out Your Defense in a DUI Case

—> Lara Wallman, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County

—> Peter Arian, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Los Angeles

3:30 p.m. Effective Cross-Examination of Police Officers in DUI Cases: FSTs & Other Areas – G. Cole Casey, Attorney at Law, San Diego, California

4:30 p.m. Techniques to Effectively Present Your DUI Defense: The Dramatic Reality of Your Case – Tamara Chellam, Deputy Public Defender, Marin County

(Reception – 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (hors d’oeuvres with No-Host Bar)

5:45 p.m. A Fireside Chat with Don Bartell: Van Gelder and the Experience of DUI Law Before the California Supreme Court

6:45 p.m. Conclusion of Day One

DAY TWO – Saturday, June 21, 2014 [More...] »

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Shaken Baby Cases: Understanding The Medical Information – A California MCLE Self-Study Video / Audio Program
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CPDA Presents: The Annual Public Defender Office Management Seminar – Thursday, May 1, 2014 – San Diego
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CPDA Presents: The Annual Public Defender Office Management Seminar – Thursday, May 1, 2014 – San Diego

Note: There may be one or two minor updates to this flyer later this week and any updated version will be similarly released, but registrations, etc. can now begin!
When: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Where: Mission Bay …[select title for full text]

The California Public Defenders Association presents the 45th Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education Program
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The California Public Defenders Association presents the 45th Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education Program

The California Public Defenders Association presents the 45th Annual Convention and Continuing Legal Education Program
Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, 2014 at The San Diego Mission Bay Hilton Resort Hotel
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, …[select title for full text]

Op-Ed: Defenders must address underlying causes of criminality
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Op-Ed: Defenders must address underlying causes of criminality

 Defenders must address underlying causes of criminality
Over the course of my long career as a public defender I have come to realize that many of the underlying causes that bring troubled adults and children into the …[select title for full text]

Attn. Defense Attorneys: CPDA Presents – A Scientific Evidence Seminar – Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Berkeley, CA
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Attn. Defense Attorneys: CPDA Presents – A Scientific Evidence Seminar – Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Berkeley, CA

The California Public Defenders Association presents….
Scientific Evidence Seminar – Saturday, July 12, 2014
At The Berkeley Marina DoubleTree Hotel
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, California 94710
(Program registration and lodging reservations links below)
Program Coordinators:
Jennifer Friedman, Deputy Public Defender, Los …[select title for full text]

CPDA Presents: The 6th Annual Two-Day DUI Defense Practice Institute – June 20-21, 2014 – Monterey, California!
February 25, 2014 – 21:37 | Comments Off
CPDA Presents: The 6th Annual Two-Day DUI Defense Practice Institute – June 20-21, 2014 – Monterey, California!

The California Public Defenders Association presents
Friday & Saturday, June 20 & 21, 2014 – at the Monterey Beach Resort, 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, California 93940
See below for lodging reservations via the Internet
Program Coordinators:
Bruce Kapsack, …[select title for full text]

Threading Your Theme From Open Through Closing in a Defending Gang Case – Traci Owens, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County
April 11, 2014 – 14:58 | Comments Off
Threading Your Theme From Open Through Closing in a Defending Gang Case – Traci Owens, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County

Power Point slide presentation.  This was used in Traci Owen’s presentation on this topic at the recent Defending Gang Cases Seminar held on April 5, 2014 in Berkeley, California.
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THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending April 11, 2014
April 11, 2014 – 12:53 | Comments Off
THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending April 11, 2014

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office.
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DISQUALIFICATION FROM REALIGNMENT SENTENCE DUE …[select title for full text]

Forensic Seminar – May 30, 2014
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Forensic Seminar – May 30, 2014

Forensic Analytical Sciences, Inc, a full-service independent crime laboratory based in Hayward, CA will be offering a second forensic seminar (in conjunction with CPDA) at their facility.
Where: Forensic Analytical Sciences, Inc.
3777 Depot Road Suite #416A
Hayward, …[select title for full text]

Pets Helping Solve Crimes with UC Davis Veterinarian Forensic Lab
April 6, 2014 – 11:53 | Comments Off
Pets Helping Solve Crimes with UC Davis Veterinarian Forensic Lab

NoozHawk – Santa Barbara, CA – By Diane Dimond – Published on 04.05.2014 5:30 p.m.
As far as crime laboratories go, it is not very impressive-looking. And it is not very big, with a permanent staff …[select title for full text]

U.S. Department of Justice Initiative Will Reduce Recidivism
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U.S. Department of Justice Initiative Will Reduce Recidivism

Brennan Center For Justice – by Sophia Kerby – April 1, 2014
Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced another initiative to reduce recidivism and increase public safety. He directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) …[select title for full text]