Training & Events
The California District Attorneys Association hosts many live training events and webinars each year on a variety of prosecution-related topics. Our specialized MCLE-accredited seminars, many financed in part by state and federal grant funds, offer general and specialized California State Bar MCLE-accredited seminars to prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.Read more
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.Read more
CDAA’s New 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 a shaken baby 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).
For more information, photos of the models of available, and to download the lending library form, click here.
CDAA Homicide Symposium || May 22–26, 2017 || South Lake Tahoe
To register and for more information, 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.
2016 CDAA Legislative Digest
The 2016 edition of the CDAA Legislative Digest is complete. Click here for the PDF. Thanks again to Santa Clara County DDA Kathy Storton, who has reviewed every bill signed by the Governor and each proposition passed by the voters to determine those applicable to the work of prosecutors, our law enforcement partners, and/or public safety.
CDAA 2016–2017 Training Calendar
Click here for a PDF of the 2016–17 training and events calendar.
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 2015-16 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.”