California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

The California Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Since 1973, Justice has been part of our name, because Justice is our goal . . . From our initial membership of 60 lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice has grown to over 2,000 members and is the country's largest statewide organization of criminal defense lawyers and allied professionals. When defense team members and their clients need a strong advocate for justice in the legislature, the courts and the media, CACJ is there.

CACJ's membership includes both attorneys and associated professionals throughout California and in other states. Through its membership, CACJ continues to be the statewide association of its kind in the country.

2020 Legislative Update

A summary of some of the criminal justice bills, including CACJ priorities, that are now on the Governor's desk, and others that did not make it out of the legislature. The Governor now has until September 30th to make final decisions on all of the bills passed by the legislature.

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CACJ 2021 Board of Governors Nominees

The outstanding attorneys listed are the candidates for vacancies on the Board of Governors and for Officers. Members will receive an electronic ballot via email in early October.

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Webinar Roundup

CACJ is collecting information on webinars, discussion groups, and events and posting the information here. These presentations may provide professional education or resources of value to our members, or provide opportunities to take action. You will find Police reform, racial justice, COVID issues, and trial tactics among the topics covered.

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10/10/2020
Appellate Practice Seminar 2020

11/7/2020
DUI Rules of the Road 2020