The CACJ Foundation
The primary purpose for which the CACJ Foundation was established is to
improve the quality of criminal justice by engaging in activities designed
to educate judges, attorneys and members of the public by developing and
disseminating a body of new knowledge about the criminal justice system.
The Foundation operates exclusively for scientific, educational and charitable
purposes, and sponsors the following events and scholarships each year.
Charles R. Garry Memorial Lecture
Charles R. Garry was a Founding Member of the CACJ Foundation, CACJ past
president and prominent civil rights attorney, who represented several
high-profile political cases during the 1960s and 70s, including Black
Panther Party leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. His innovative/groundbreaking
legal approach, and unwavering commitment to justice made him ‘The
People’s Advocate’. He used America’s courtrooms as
a platform through which issues like racism and economic inequity were
constantly addressed. Shortly after his death in 1991, the Foundation
established the annual Charles R. Garry Memorial Lecture, held each year
in conjunction with CACJ’s Fall seminar to recognize and honor criminal
defense attorneys outstanding in their field, committed to continuing
the struggle of seeking justice in the courtroom .
Jerry J. Kenkel Scholarships
Proposed by Professor Dane A Cameron, California State University, Chico,
and close friend of Jerry Kenkel’s, the Jerry Kenkel Memorial Scholarships
are issued annually to 10 students of CSUC to attend CACJ’s Annual
Fall Seminar. Jerry was a big supporter of the Pre-Law Students at CSUC
attending CACJ conferences because the college sees literally dozens of
grant proposals and programs for students who want to study in the field
of criminal justice on the prosecution’s side and almost nothing
on the criminal defense side, so this scholarship provides opportunities
that are not otherwise available for these students to see things from
the defense side. The centerpiece to CSUC’s Legal Studies Program
is the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC). This program is made
up of about one-hundred students who work in a law office which provides
free legal services to the North state client community, who assisted
almost ten-thousand clients last year of which ten of these students are
selected to attend CACJ’s annual Fall Seminar.
Joyce O. Yoshioka Scholarship
The Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship in memory of Joyce O. Yoshioka,
former member of CACJ’s Board of Governors and outstanding criminal
defense attorney, who died in 1990, at the age of 42. Joyce served as
Ventura County’s Chief Deputy Public Defender for six years and
before that worked for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s
Office as a trial lawyer and supervisor. As a tribute to her career dedicated
to helping others, the CACJ Foundation established this scholarship fund
to allow for an attorney, paralegal, law student or investigator involved
in criminal defense work to apply for a full tuition of grants to CACJ
programs for one year, including the CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar,
the Annual Spring Seminar, the Appellate Practice Seminar and the Annual
Fall Seminar. These scholarships are available to CACJ members only and
are not transferable to third parties or to future programs. The recipient
of this scholarship is selected by the Foundation Board of Governors after
consideration of the following: 1) the nature and extend of the applicant’s
criminal defense work; 2) financial need; 3) a brief written statement
submitted by each applicant.
Article XIX- CACJ Bylaws
The Corporation shall provide for the establishment and maintenance of
a charitable organization to be known as California Attorneys for Criminal
Justice Foundation ("Foundation").
The Foundation may use the name of the corporation for as long as it carries
out charitable and educational activities which are consistent with the
goals and purposes of the corporation.
The Foundation shall have one class of members, which shall consist solely
of the immediate Past President of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
and four others selected by him/her.
Please Click Here to View a Copy of CACJ Foundation Bylaws.