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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)

About the CACJ


  • Founded: 1973
  • President: Eric Schweitzer
  • Members: 2000+
  • Founder: George Porter
  • Location: Sacramento, California
  • Website: cacj.org
  • Executive Director: Stephen Munkelt
  • OrgType: Nonprofit
  • Focus: Criminal Defense

Mission and History

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) was formed in 1973. The organization was assembled by George Porter who called on criminal defense lawyers in California to mobilize and plead for the needs of the criminal defense group. CACJ has since served the criminal defense bar and is the country's largest statewide organization of criminal defense lawyers. Today, it has grown to over 2,000 members.

CACJ works to defend the rights of the accused, provides quality continuing legal education (CLEs) courses, preserves due process, and protects the independence of the criminal defense lawyer. The organization also provides unceasing support to criminal defense lawyers in California through giving them a platform to network and grow their tools for a better criminal defense in clients' cases. 

Since strengthening its presence in the California State Capitol, CACJ provides the criminal defense bar with a more unified voice on legislative matters. CACJ employs a lobbyist to provide continuous and aggressive representation before the California legislature on issues of importance to criminal defense lawyers in California interested in improving the rights of the accused and fairness in our criminal justice system.



Board of Directors

Eric Hans Schweitzer
Clovis, CA
Allison Michelle Zuvela
Vice President
Woodland, CA
Graham D Donath
Riverside, CA
Orchid Vaghti
Santa Rosa, CA
David Michael Bigeleisen
Board Member
San Francisco, CA
Robert Evans Boyce
Board Member
San Diego, CA

Past Presidents

Jacqueline Goodman
Fullerton, CA
Steven John Rease Jr
Salinas, CA
Crystal Rene Lamb
San Francisco, CA
Matthew Guerrero
Matthew Guerrero
Oceano, CA
Jeffrey Earl Thoma
Fairfield, CA
Scott Alan Sugarman
San Francisco, CA

CACJ Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Virginia Louise Landry
Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
Laguna Hills, CA
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Jacqueline Goodman
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman
Fullerton, CA
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J. Lynn Gorelick
Gorelick Law Offices
Hayward, CA
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Vincent John Tucci
Braden & Tucci
Irvine, CA
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Manuel Jess Barba
Law Offices of Manuel J Barba
Riverside, CA
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Contact the CACJ

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)
1555 River Park Drive Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95815
Office: (916) 643-1800
Fax: (916) 643-1836

More About CACJ


California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) consists of a large network of lawyers and other legal professionals who have extensive experience in the field and can provide added knowledge and support to each other. Through their membership, CACJ members have access to a collection of services such as MCLEs, listservs, brief banks, amongst other discounts and information. CACJ assembles the best criminal defense lawyers in California to demonstrate in defense of social justice and the rights of the accused. 

Benefits of Membership

Be Involved in Legislative Change : CACJ members work alongside other organizations to sponsor legislative bills and campaigns to addressing prosecutorial misconduct and layout administrative changes to make the court process fairer for the criminal defense team. CACJ has also worked behind legislation affecting the following: Immigration, Wrongful Convictions, Drug Transportation Charges, Rap Sheets, Bail Reform, and Amicus Brief. 

Attend year-round live seminars to connect with other criminal defense lawyers across the state and the nation while potentially earning MCLE credits. 

Join On-line Webinar Trainings for MCLE credits. 

Access the work of your colleagues through CACJ’s Brief Bank. 

Connect with other members through CACJ’s ListServ. 

Receive subscriptions to CACJ’s Forum Magazineand the Death Penalty Defense Manual. 

Law students and new attorneys can access internship and employment postings. 

Take Advantage of the various member discounts. 

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in California

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in California which includes both CACJ members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the CACJ and other professional associations. This includes recognition for CACJ Past Presidents, Life Members, and CACJ members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the CACJ.

Use this directory to find a California criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

Criminal Defense Lawyers by County


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