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
The CalTSRP Program Is Being Restructured and an Attorney Opportunity at CDAA Is Available
CDAA’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) program is being restructured, and we’re recruiting for a Senior TSRP to join our Sacramento staff to make it happen!
Under the direction of Chief Executive Officer Mark Zahner and Senior Attorney and Grant Coordinator Amanda Martin, and in consultation with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the Senior Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor will be responsible for developing and implementing a model Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor’s Program that will provide training, education, and technical support to prosecutors and law enforcement agencies related to traffic crimes. Traffic crimes and safety issues include but are not limited to: alcohol and/or drug impaired driving, vehicular homicide, occupant protection, and other highway safety issues. The Senior Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor will establish partnerships with crime laboratories, victim advocate groups, as well as other transportation entities impacted by traffic safety issues.
To learn more about this opportunity, click here.
CDAA Positions on Ballot Initiatives
CDAA has taken the following positions on the criminal justice-related initiatives on the November 2016 ballot: NO on Proposition 57 [So-called “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act,”] NO on Proposition 62 [California Death Penalty Repeal], YES on Proposition 66 [California Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016], NO on Proposition 64 [Adult Use of Marijuana Act]. Click here to learn more about these propositions.
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.”