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May 30, 2020—The District Attorneys of the California District Attorneys Association strongly condemn racism and bigotry wherever it exists, in any form, in any uniform, by any perpetrator. We recognize that we have the profound duty and responsibility to use our extraordinary power in our respective offices to dismantle generations of inequity and to, with courage, continue to build systems of justice that represent a new way forward. A new day. A new hope. There.

Legislation

CDAA staff tracks between 200 and 400 bills per year. This is in addition to the work done related to the annual adoption of the state budget.Legislation Committee is charged with developing CDAA’s legislative advocacy program. This committee determines CDAA’s legislative priorities by selecting bills to sponsor and adopting positions on pending legislation. The committee is comprised of approximately 35 ranging expertise, and meets at both CDAA annual conferences…

Prosecutor Resources

CDAA’s mission is to promote justice while enhancing prosecutorial excellence.   Listservs What’s New Committees Autobrief 20 Case Law Summaries and AG Opinions The Inquisitive Prosecutor Guides 2015 Prosecutors Directory Prosecutors Encyclopedia Jury Instructions Expert Witness Project Articles of Interest for…

Publications

The California District Attorneys Association has been providing legal publications to prosecutors, law enforcement, and other allied administration-of-justice professionals for more than 30 years. Today, with the assistance of grant funds and invaluable volunteers, CDAA’s Publications Department produces topical periodicals, specialized newsletters, trial practice manuals, monographs, and handbooks. To purchase publications from the CDAA Store, click here….

 

Training & Events

Due to COVID-19, CDAA is not offering any live trainings and events at this time, but we are offering a wide-range of distance learning options for participatory MCLE credit. These trainings are posted on our training registration page at https://registrations.cdaa.org/CalDA/Distance_Learning.aspx and more are added regularly. Note: These Distance Learning classes are NOT part of our already scheduled Wednesday Webinars (which are continuing as planned) and,…

Role of the DA

The primary role of the District Attorney is to protect the community he or she is elected to serve. District Attorneys represent the public and endeavor to improve public safety by prosecuting those who threaten the well-being of the community and its citizens by breaking the law. Ultimately, a DA strives to improve the community he or she represents by making it a better place to live for everyone. The District Attorney’s functions include: Protecting the…

About Us

The District Attorneys of the California District Attorneys Association strongly condemn racism and bigotry wherever it exists, in any form, in any uniform, by any perpetrator. We recognize that we have the profound duty and responsibility to use our extraordinary power in our respective offices to dismantle generations of inequity and to, with courage, continue to build

Publications

The California District Attorneys Association has been providing legal publications to prosecutors, law enforcement, and other allied administration-of-justice professionals for more than 30 years. Today, with the assistance of grant funds and invaluable volunteers, CDAA’s Publications Department produces topical periodicals, specialized newsletters, trial practice manuals, monographs, and handbooks.

Training and Events

Due to COVID-19, CDAA is not offering any live trainings and events at this time, but we are offering a wide-range of distance learning options for participatory MCLE credit.

What’s New

2020 CDAA Excellence in Innovation Awards

At the 2020 Winter Workshop in Rancho Mirage, January 13-17, CDAA recognized 14 programs developed by district attorney’s offices as recipients of the CDAA Excellence in Innovation Awards. These awards recognize creative, “out-of-box” programs from district attorney’s offices and other prosecuting agencies that promote justice, public safety, and/or victim advocacy in ways that are innovative, effective, and/or cost-saving. The selection committee looks for programs that are unique, as well as easily replicable by other counties. For details about the winning programs, click HERE.

2019 Legislative Digest

CDAA is once again pleased to present its annual Legislative Digest. Thanks to the efforts of Deputy District Attorney Kathy Storton and the support of Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, the 2019 edition has been completed.

The Legislative Digest is divided by Code, with a description of each of the new and amended sections that will affect prosecutors. Also included in the Digest is a statutory index and a topical index.

Click HERE for the 2019 Legislative Digest.

A New Publication: Theft Under California Law

This brand-new CDAA manual was written by Georg Behrens, Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County. It takes a deep dive into the umbrella crime of theft, with separate chapters covering theft by larceny, theft by embezzlement, theft by false pretenses, and theft by trick and device. Other chapters focus on jury instructions and jury unanimity, plus aggregation and disaggregation of theft charges

CDAA Launches Statewide Campaign That Focuses on Bringing Diversity to Prosecutors’ Offices

The CDAA Foundation has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging young people from all backgrounds to consider becoming prosecutors and fostering greater diversity in district attorney’s offices throughout the state.

A new website, https://www.californiaprosecutors.org/, provides tools and resources for those considering a legal career or who currently are attending law school. It includes information on law schools, minority prosecutor associations, internships and jobs.

The website features written and video testimonials from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and deputy district attorneys from throughout the Golden State about why they chose their careers.

The project was the idea of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey who recognized the need for prosecutorial offices to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. District attorney’s offices statewide are involved in the effort.