Logo of the California Association for Criminal Justice
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) was formed in 1973. Today, it has grown to over 2,000 members. CACJ is the country's largest statewide organization of criminal defense lawyers.
In 1973, George Porter wrote a letter to criminal defense lawyers through California proposing the creation of a statewide organization to serve the criminal defense bar. Shortly thereafter, the founding members created the California Association for Criminal Justice (CACJ). Its offices are located in the state capital of Sacramento, California,
The CACJ works to defend the rights of the accused, provides quality continuing legal education courses, preserves due process, and protects the independence of the criminal defense lawyer.
Since strengthening its presence in the California State Capitol, CACJ provides the criminal defense bar with a more unified voice on legislative matters. In fact, 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.
The upcoming 2017 CACJ's 44th Annual Criminal Defense Seminar & Awards Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, December 15th through 16th at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, CA.
The upcoming 2017 CACJ’s DUI Rules of the Road XX Seminar is scheduled for a reception on September 8th and a seminar on September 9th at the Renaissance Hotel Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA 92262
CACJ publishes a wide list of publications including:
Members are encouraged to become involved with various committees on CACJ including: