What’s New

2015 CDAA Legislative Digest

CDAA is once again pleased to present its annual Legislative Digest. Thanks to the efforts of retired Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Storton and the support of Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, the 2015 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, as well as a list of the Penal Code section 1170(h) Realignment offenses.

Click here for the 2015 Legislative Digest.


CDAA National Body Cam Technology & Policy Summit and Expo

Presented by the CDAA Foundation February 22-24, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County (Anaheim), this two-and-a-half-day training will provide unbiased information for policy makers and leadership to develop coherent, current, and sensible policies related to technology being made available to law enforcement today. The summit will offer panels, training, and roundtable discussions presented by and including members of the Legislature, law enforcement, technical experts, and community social advocates. Law enforcement, policy makers, deputy district attorneys, mayors, and police chiefs are encouraged to attend. For a more information click here.

To register, click here.


CDAA New Technologies

On Monday, October 19, 2015, the California District Attorneys Association went live with new technology. What does this mean for our members?

  • It is easier to look for and register for CDAA training seminars.
  • It is easier to make purchases through the online store.
  • And on December 1, we  introduced CDAA Communities for our dues-paying members, which will replace our current “listserv” distribution groups as a robust and effective way for members to communicate with prosecutors from across the state.

In short – we’re improving and enhancing your online experience at cdaa.org.

But no new technology is seamless. We will need all members to login to set up a password, select a “functional title,” and choose the assignment that best describes the type of work you do. You will also make any necessary updates to your Profile – preferred address, email, phone number. This will take a VERY short amount of time to do!

AN EMAIL FROM CDAA WAS SENT OUT ON OCTOBER 19 WITH YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD. PLEASE TAKE THE FEW MINUTES REQUIRED TO SET UP YOUR PROFILE.

Once you have completed this process, you will use this username and new password for all your online experiences at www.cdaa.org – registering for a class, paying dues, purchasing from the store, visiting a members-only page on the website. If you have any questions or issues with this process, please contact helpdesk@cdaa.org and we will follow up with you.

Look for correspondence in the coming weeks with more details about the new ways CDAA will help prosecutors.


Legal Musicians Wanted

Do you sing or play an instrument? The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, Legal Voices and Gary Greene, Esq., and His Big Band of Barristers are looking for singers and musicians who are lawyers, judges, law students and legal staff. Proclaimed as “LA’s Only Legal Orchestra and Chorus,” the LA Lawyers Phil and Legal Voices have achieved international recognition. The Big Band of Barristers has been named America’s No. 1 Legal Band after winning the American Bar Association’s nationwide competition. The orchestra, chorus and big band have exciting concerts planned for this season, culminating in a 7th Annual Concert Extraordinaire. They are auditioning ALL instruments and vocalists. If you would like to try out for these ensembles, please email audition@LALawyersPhil.org. Take a look at an audition flyer: http://bit.ly/lalp183. For more info, visit www.LALawyersPhil.org.


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.


2015-16 Training Calendar

Click here for the live seminar calendar. click here to see upcoming webinars.


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.”