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 andother 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.

CDAA’s Anatomical Model Lending Library

Do you have a case involving strangulation, shaken baby, domestic violence, or physical abuse? These are just a few examples of crimes for which demonstrations using anatomical models at trial could be beneficial. Show your jury exactly what happened to the victim. All models are available at no cost to your office. (Models are for demonstration purposes only and may not be entered into evidence.)

Available models include an abusive head trauma demonstration model, lungs, a trachea, a skull sitting on a cervical spine, an 8-part brain, a brain with arteries, a 12-part mini torso (20″ tall), a 14-part torso (34″ tall), and a 16-part mini torso (17″ tall).

To order a model or for more information, photos of the models of available, and to download the lending library form, click here.

AB 1909 and Proposed State Bar Rule 3.8

The scrutiny on prosecutors and the criminal justice system in general continues to intensify and the Legislature and State Bar have both reacted. Join CDAA as we have a conversation with legal ethicist Gary Schons regarding a new law and a proposed Bar rule impacting our profession. Click here to watch the video.

How Big of an Issue is Elder Abuse in California?

Here in California, Adult Protective Services (APS) receives as many as 10,000 reports of elder and dependent adult abuse per month, and reports are increasing. That’s an estimated 120,000 cases of reported elder and dependent adult abuse PER YEAR in California. What makes this number even more alarming it that for every case of abuse that is reported, four cases go unreported. That’s an astounding 600,000 incidents that were never reported.

For more information, click here.

See the Bills CDAA is Tracking

High Priority Bills – The most important bills on our radar
Active Bills – Those that are either currently moving through the Legislature, or have already been signed
Full Report – The largest report, this contains all bills being tracked by CDAA in the 2018-19 session, including those that have been killed or otherwise put on hold for the year

For each bill, you’ll see a brief description of the issue, the current location of the bill, and CDAA’s position. Once you’re viewing a particular report, clicking on the bill number will take you to a page with links to the language of the bill (including prior versions), all analyses that have been done by legislative committees, and any prior votes in committee or on the floor. Some bills will also have links to attached documents that we have uploaded – primarily letters of support or opposition. Right now that feature is only active on a few bills, but after this legislative year, that function will expand greatly. Clicking on the author’s name will take you to that member’s official website.

Important Information for John R. Justice Award Recipients

The award is exempt from income. Therefore, your student loan servicing agency, like American Education Services (AES), CANNOT receive payment for the award from JRJ or Bureau of Justice (BJA) and then file a 1099 with the IRS. Click here for a copy of a letter from the IRS citing 20 U.S.C. section 1087ee(a)(5): “(5)The amount of a loan, and interest on a loan, which is canceled under this section shall not be considered income for purposes of title 26.”