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Updates and events from the Criminal Law Section

More than one judge I’ve interviewed for this series has told me that they expect lawyers to be succinct; tell them what they don’t already know; be candid about the client’s crime and its impact; and bear in mind that your job in sentencing representation is to connect with the judge, not to impress your client and their friends and family. Read more
This webinar will discuss the current state of the law concerning the Batson/Wheeler line of cases. The presenters will address who makes up protected classes, how and when to make objections alleging discrimination, how to defend against those objections, and what is the process for determining whether jurors have been excused for discriminatory reasons. Read more
This webinar will go over an analysis of the ethical issues resulting from the criminal discovery statutes and case law mandating discovery. These issues will include those faced by both prosecutors and defense counsel, and will be discussed from the perspective of a Superior Court Judge and practicing attorneys. Read more
This program offers 1 MCLE credit; 1 Legal Specialization in Criminal Law. You must register in advance to participate. As always, a new year brings changes to criminal law. You will hear about the major changes in criminal defense law that took effect 1/1/2020 from both the prosecution and defense viewpoints. Speakers: Albert Camacho, Leif Dautch. Read more
This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit; 1 Legal Specialization in Criminal Law. You must register in advance to participate. From the initial stop, FSTs, PAS, and breathalyzer to use of experts, this seminar is for those who are just entering in their DUI practices, need a refresher course, and who practice in the civil arena but may have a client who has been charged with a DUI offense that includes alcohol, marijuana or other controlled substances. Speakers: Wade Chow,… Read more
This article is republished with permission from Law360 By Alan Ellis Part 3 of this series included interviews with 12 U.S. district court judges on the topic of sentencing advocacy for the challenging client who has committed a heinous offense with a serious prior record as an aggravating factor. Judge James S. Gwin of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland was one of those judges. My interview with Judge Gwin was conducted during the pendency of an appeal, United… Read more
This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit; 1 Elimination of Bias; 1 Legal Specialization in Criminal Law. You must register in advance to participate. The webinar will address jury challenges, the voir dire process, peremptory and for cause challenges, Batson-Wheeler motions, and jury selection techniques, including questionnaires. The webinar will offer general and legal specialization credit, as well as credit for elimination of bias. (I.e., through the discussion of challenges of members of cognizable groups”). Speaker: Jeffrey A. Aaron. Read more
This article is republished with permission from Law360 By Alan Ellis Alan Ellis Criminal defense lawyers consider Judges John R. Adams and Otis D. Wright II tough sentencers. Judges Justin L. Quackenbush and Walter H. Rice are viewed as being at the opposite end of the spectrum. With their reputations, it was interesting to learn how similar they were on what constitutes good defense sentencing advocacy. Judge Quackenbush sits in the Eastern District of Washington in Spokane and Judge Rice… Read more
Judge Cynthia A. Bashant of the Southern District of California in San Diego and Judge Jon D. Levy of the District of Maine in Portland were both appointed by President Obama in 2014 and confirmed at the same time. Read more
Criminal Law Section Executive Committee Members discussing our accomplishments during the 2018-2019 bar year Criminal Law Section Executive Committee Members discussing our accomplishments during the 2018-2019 bar year Albert Camacho, former Chair Criminal Law Section, and Tamara Benefield, Family Law practitioner, discussed the intersectionality of criminal law and family law in domestic violence cases at the California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting. Tamara Benefield, Family Law practitioner and Albert Camacho, Chair Criminal Law Section Criminal Law Section Executive Committee Members, Hon.… Read more

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