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 2 1/2 day seminar addresses jury selection, cross examination, expert witness examination, and impeachment. A live jury is present each day allowing participants to observe all jury behavior and jury deliberation. The program is designed for one- to five-year deputy district attorneys. The mock case presented is a domestic violence/sexual assault; however, the class covers a broad overview of the topics. This seminar is funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Emergency... Details
When: June 10–12, 2019
Where: Sacramento
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Are you intrigued by CDAA's Anatomical Model Lending Library but not sure why or how you should use the models?

When: June 19, 2019
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This one-day TUITION FREE course is designed for environmental enforcement personnel and prosecutors who would like to expand their knowledge related to water sampling techniques while conducting environmental enforcement investigations. Attendees would include Department of Fish & Wildlife wardens within Region 6 of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (Inland Deserts Region serving Mono, Inyo, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties) as well as Emergency First... Details
When: June 24, 2019
Where: Riverside
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The 2019 Summer Conference will be held at the Westin Carlsbad. Join your colleagues from around the state for committee meetings, general sessions, roundtables, and networking. The Westin is less than a five-minute shuttle ride to Legoland and the beautiful beaches of Carlsbad, and provides a relaxing refuge from a busy day of conference activities.

When: July 8–12, 2019
Where: Carlsbad, CA
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This program is sponsored by the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center (CCFMTC) in conjunction with our training partner the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA). This multi-disciplinary conference is designed to bring together all disciplines in the field of sexual assault: law enforcement, prosecutors, sexual assault forensic medical examiners, and advocates. Our goal is to inspire those working in this field, bring state-of-the-art information about... Details
When: September 3–5, 2019
Where: San Diego, CA
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This course is geared for Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners. This program is sponsored by California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center in conjunction with our training partner, the California District Attorneys Association. This one-day course offers basic instruction and hands-on experience related to the fundamental techniques of forensic photography.   It focuses on the basic forensic photography skills needed for documenting bodily injuries for victims of sexual assault,... Details
When: September 6, 2019
Where: San Diego, CA
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This course, which provides compliance with Health & Safety Code Section 11469 et seq. continual training, will enhance and update investigation, prosecution and administrative skills for personnel responsible for asset forfeiture litigation. A portion of the cost for this training was made possible by funds received under Health & Safety Code Section... Details
When: September 9–10, 2019
Where: South Lake Tahoe
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This 2 day seminar is designed for prosecutors and law enforcement on the new laws with truancy, and community prosecution. It will address the legal and practical issues related to truancy and community prosecution.  This is a team training environment for law enforcement and prosecutors.  This seminar is funded by CDAA General Fund. Lunch will be provided one of the... Details
When: September 16–17, 2019
Where: Sacramento
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This 2 1/2 day seminar is designed for prosecutors of all experience levels. It will address the legal and practical issues related to the introduction of evidence-- including recent case law and legislation affecting these issues. This seminar is funded by CDAA.

When: September 25–27, 2019
Where: Santa Barbara
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This two-and-a-half day team training expands on complex current issues and will focus on officer-involved shootings. Prosecutors and law enforcement are encouraged to attend this deep-dive training.

When: October 7–9, 2019
Where: Garden Grove
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This seminar is designed for prosecutors, investigators, and paralegals of all experience levels working in the real estate and insurance fraud arenas. In addition to general sessions, four tracks will be offered focusing on investigations, real estate fraud, auto insurance fraud, and workers’ compensation insurance fraud.

When: October 7–10, 2019
Where: Newport Beach
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This conference is designed for elected district attorneys and chief deputy district attorneys from small, rural counties. The seminar focuses on the unique issues faced in rural counties.

When: October 29–30, 2019
Where: Groveland
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This 2-day seminar is designed for beginning and intermediate level felony prosecutors. It covers the issues prosecutors face on a daily basis as they transition into general felony prosecution. Instructors 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 prosecution is presumed,... Details
When: December 2–3, 2019
Where: San Diego, CA
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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/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: April 28 – May 1, 2020
Where: Garden Grove, CA