CDAA Trainings and Events


The California District Attorneys Association hosts many live training events and webinars each year on a variety of prosecution-related topics. Our specialized MCLE-accredited seminars, many financed in part by state and federal grant funds, offer general and specialized California State Bar MCLE-accredited seminars to prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.

CDAA seminars provide intensive training to thousands of prosecutors, peace officers, and allied professionals each year. We owe the success of these programs to the hundreds of volunteers who share their time, expertise, and talent as technical advisors and instructors.

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This Sexually Violent Predator webinar is for prosecutors handling SVP civil commitments and will cover practical approaches to these specialized cases as well as technical topics to assist newer SVP prosecutors from filing to trial. Topics will include the qualifying elements of SVP, filing procedures and trial strategies in a post Sanchez environment.

When: October 25, 2017
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This 3-day seminar is designed for the beginning and intermediate level felony prosecutor. It will cover the issues that prosecutors face on a daily basis as they transition into general felony prosecution. This seminar will focus on the practice of felony prosecution and the nuts and bolts of a case from issuing through trial to sentencing, without delving into specialized felony case loads such as gangs, sex crimes, and homicide. While some fundamental knowledge of felony... Details
When: October 30 – November 1, 2017
Where: Sacramento, CA
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The law regarding jury instructions is complex and ever-changing. Jury instruction error is often the reason for cases being reversed--especially in complex cases. Deputy Attorney General Sabrina Lane-Erwin will give examples of errors common in serious cases and how to avoid these errors. This webinar is geared toward intermediate- and advanced-level prosecutors.

When: November 1, 2017
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This course is specifically designed for beginning and intermediate level prosecutors. Participants will learn how to overcome obstacles common in misdemeanor domestic violence trials, with an emphasis on prosecuting with limited resources.

When: November 6, 2017
Where: Seaside (Monterey), CA
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This 3-day program is designed to cover issues relevant to newer prosecutors. The interactive lectures and group exercises are designed to improve the newer trial deputy's courtroom presentation and performance. This seminar complements the Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop (see the Index of Seminars), although neither is a prerequisite for the... Details
When: November 7–9, 2017
Where: Seaside (Monterey), CA
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The panel of instructors will provide an overview of how criminal convictions impact immigration proceedings (i.e. adverse immigration consequences to criminal convictions). They will discuss motions to vacate convictions and withdraw pleas due to a past error causing the failure of a defendant to meaningfully understand the actual or potential adverse immigration consequences to the plea, typically brought pursuant to Penal Code sections 1016.5, 1018 or 1473.7, or via petition for... Details
When: November 8, 2017
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CDAA’s Legislation Committee will convene to review and discuss legislative proposals. The Legislation Committee will decide which legislative proposals to sponsor for the second year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The meeting will take place on November 9-10, 2017 at Casa Munras in Monterey. To register contact Tiffany Mathews:... Details
When: November 9–10, 2017
Where: Monterey, CA
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The California Evidence Code and case law has allowed for long time expert witnesses to divulge evidence which forms the basis of their opinions, even in many instances when it involved detailed evidence of otherwise inadmissible hearsay. This webinar will explore the ramifications of the California Supreme Court's ruling in People v. Sanchez that "case-specific hearsay" can no longer be divulged to a jury under the guise of expert basis evidence. While Sanchez arose in the context... Details
When: November 15, 2017
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#ACTNowforElderJustice This 3 1/2 day seminar is designed for prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement, adult protective services administrators and case workers, state and local agency personnel, medical professionals, coroners and medical examiners, and victim witness advocates (who work with a district attorney office). The symposium will provide information on how to identify, investigate, and prosecute cases involving elder and dependent adult abuse. While serving as an... Details
When: November 28 – December 1, 2017
Where: Garden Grove (Anaheim), CA
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The focus of this seminar is on collecting, processing and admitting digital and sexual assault evidence. This seminar is a mixed format with both a hands-on lab and focused classroom work. On the first day attendees will be briefed on the crime and review evidence, listen to witness interviews, review photos and closed circuit TV of the crime. After reviewing the evidence, attendees will work with instructors for intensive sessions to develop search warrants and analyze different... Details
When: December 12–13, 2017
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This three-day seminar is a comprehensive training on the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence and stalking cases. Designed for prosecutors, peace officers, victim/witness advocates, and probation personnel of all experience levels, the program will offer a networking environment, providing insight into these vulnerable-victim... Details
When: December 13–15, 2017
Where: San Francisco, CA
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This webinar is designed to help prosecutors understand the new laws passed by the legislature in 2017 that either took effect immediately, or will take effect on January 1, 2018.

When: December 13, 2017
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Join your colleagues for the 2018 CDAA Winter Workshop, January 8-11 at beautiful Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Escape the cold at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach and catch up on the latest best practices and current issues facing prosecutors and law enforcement. Committee meetings will be held along with three days of outstanding general session speakers. We will have a wonderful Welcome Reception on Monday evening so please plan to join us for an informative and productive... Details
When: January 8–11, 2018
Where: Newport Beach, CA
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This FREE 4-day, dual-track seminar will address issues specific to the prosecution of both physical and sexual abuse of children. Deputy District Attorneys, County Counsel Prosecutors, Deputy City Attorneys/Prosecutors, Deputy Attorney Generals, District Attorney Investigators, probation staff, Victim/Witness Advocates, MDIC staff, and other law enforcement professionals are invited to attend. This seminar is underwritten in part by a grant from the California Governor's Office of... Details
When: January 23–26, 2018
Where: Seaside (Monterey), CA
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This webinar will offer an introduction to juvenile law. It is intended as a primer for those new to juvenile assignments, and especially for registrants of the upcoming CDAA Advanced Juvenile Justice Seminar (March 12-13, 2018 in Napa) to view before attending the seminar.

When: January 24, 2018