Advocates for the defense for over 40 years!
Join us tonight in the Bamboo Garden, from 6-8pm, for a complementary cocktail
reception. Troy Slaten will kick off festivities which will include a
raffle with a seminar waiver to Rules of the Road XVII.
Onsite registration is available; registration will open at 8 am and the
first session starts at 8:30 am – arrive early and have coffee and
muffins and check out exhibitors.
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Governor Brown signed one of CACJ's co-sponsored bills,
SB 1310. SB 1310 changes the maximum misdemeanor sentence from 365 days to 364
days. By changing California's misdemeanor definition to a maximum
sentence of 364 days, non-citizens will avoid automatic deportation for
certain misdemeanor offense. The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2015.
CACJ and our allies led the drafting of the bill, CACJ was the lead co-sponsor
working directly with the author's office on every step, and Hernadez
Strategy handled the discussions with the governor's office. Thank
you to the
Legislative Committee for all their help, from drafting the bill language, sending their thoughts/opinions,
and being available for any other requests.
"The “random few” who will be executed “will have
languished for so long on Death Row that their execution will serve no
retributive or deterrent purpose and will be arbitrary,” Carney
"Natasha Minsker, a director of the ACLU of Northern California, said
Wednesday’s ruling marked the first time that a federal judge had
found the state’s current system unconstitutional. She said it was
also “the first time any judge has ruled systemic delay creates
an arbitrary system that serves no legitimate purpose and is therefore
Read more from the LA Times article
Copy of Order is located here
Nomination Deadline Extended: July 25
Awards Presented at CACJ's December Annual Criminal Defense Seminar
Significant Contributions to Criminal Justice: Recognizes the lifetime of commitment to individual rights and liberties
of the recipient as demonstrated through their work and life at the bar
or on the bench.
Skip Glenn: Recognizes the extraordinary achievements of a young attorney.
To nominate someone please email
email@example.com the following information:
- Name, email and phone of nominee
- Why you are nominating them
- Your contact information for follow-up as needed
CACJ's ListServ is LIVE
A listserv is the fastest way to communicate with hundreds of hundreds
of members and receive responses back for a variety of positions. It is
accessed through your personal email account, with no additional program
or software to install or learn. This is the best way to build communication
and professional relationships, as you have contact to members that you
would not see day to day, or communicate with otherwise. This allows you
to expand your network and benefit from the knowledge of other members
in the group.
Supreme Court Marks Passing of Michael Millman
Executive Director of California Appellate Project; Pillar of the Capital
SAN FRANCISCO—The Supreme Court of California marks with sadness
the passing of Michael Millman, long-time Executive Director of the California
Appellate Project (CAP). Mr. Millman succumbed to pancreatic cancer on
Saturday, May 31.
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California Senate Votes to Correct Disparities in Sentencing for Crack
and Powder Cocaine
Advancement of SB 1010 shows readiness to move toward more effective and
fair sentencing laws
May 28th - SACRAMENTO, CA- Today, the California State Senate advanced the California Fair Sentencing
Act (SB 1010), authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles). SB
1010 corrects the groundless disparity in sentencing, probation and asset
forfeiture guidelines for crack cocaine versus powder cocaine that has
resulted in a pattern of racial discrimination in sentencing and incarceration
Botched Execution Should be a Lesson on the Dangers of Carrying out Government
April 30th- Sacramento, CA- Scott Sugarman, President of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
(CACJ), responds to the death of inmate Clayton Lockett after the botched
execution effort in Oklahoma: “The Death Penalty is a complicated
and largely defective process that simply cannot be carried out without
significant risk of inhumane government-sanctioned torture and violations
of constitutional guarantees. Mr. Lockett suffered a horrible death that
should serve as a lesson - it is time to pursue other options for penalties
that do not result in intentional or unintentional torture.”