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2019 Officers


Jacqueline Goodman, Fullerton

It’s hard to imagine a greater honor than to serve as an officer of CACJ. I first joined in 1991, and I am still stunned with gratitude at receiving CACJ’s Skip Glenn Award in 2011. As a defense lawyer since 1994, I’ve learned that the struggle against injustice can lead to a dark and daunting place. The lone criminal defense lawyer, if dedicated, is indeed the bravest of soldiers: honorable and patriotic. But lawyers need the support of CACJ if we are to be successful in our struggle against injustice. I have served on the CACJ Board, and then the Executive Committee, and now hope to serve as Vice President in assisting the courageous members of the CACJ to further their important work.

Vice President

Eric Schweitzer, Clovis

If elected to be Secretary, I mean to carry on the fight for Justice and to use every bit of acumen that I have gained through this, my CACJ experience, to maintain the unstoppable initiative that CACJ has seized from contrary movements. Through CACJ's 40 plus years of constant Legislative and Judicial efforts, California is moving in a better, non-reactionary direction for everyone. Like any organization, you get from CACJ what you put into it. For me, and a lot of other involved CACJ members, the work goes on.


Allison Zuvela, Woodland

Allison Zuvela has served on the Board of Governors for CACJ since 2013 serving in different capacities including co-chair for the membership/NLD division, seminar committee, as well as serving as a member of the legislative committee. She currently serves as the Chief Deputy Public Defender for the Yolo County Public Defender's office where she is in charge of training and operations. She is also a certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Board of Legalization of the State Bar of California. Prior to her employment with the Office in 2003, Allison served as a Deputy Public Defender in Tulare County after her graduation from the California Western School of Law in 1994. Outside of her attorney service, Allison has also participated in leadership roles in the Yolo County Bar Association (as both Secretary and President). In addition, Allison is a member of several legal organizations including the California Public Defenders Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the American Council of Chief Defenders, and the Swartz/Levi Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Davis. Since 2012 Allison has also served as an attorney coach for River City High School’s Mock Trial Team.


Stephen Munkelt, Nevada City

I have been a proud member of CACJ since my first Fall Seminar in 1978, where Jerry Spence (voir dire) and Tony Serra (Crystal Palace of Kubla Khan) were the headline speakers. The seminars and the association have continued to support and inspire my passion for justice and for individual civil rights ever since. I have been a member of the Legislative Committee for almost ten years, and have come to appreciate the dedication of so many who have given time to try to make the law a little more fair and a little more just with each passing year.

If elected to the office of Secretary I will dedicate myself to achieving the criminal justice goals we all share through education, legislation, litigation, and if necessary direct action. I hope you will give me your vote and allow me to serve.

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