California Attorneys for Criminal Justice

California Association for Criminal Justice

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.


Upcoming CACJ Seminars

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 Publications

CACJ publishes a wide list of publications including:

  • CACJ Quarterly FORUM Magazine;
  • Death Penalty Defense Manual; and
  • Contempt Defense Manual.

Committees on the CACJ

Members are encouraged to become involved with various committees on CACJ including:

  • Budget Committee
  • Contempt Committee
  • Death Penalty Committee
  • FLASH Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Indigent Defense Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Liaison to Capital Case Seminar Planning Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Mock Trial Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Public Information Committee
  • Seminars Committee
  • Webinars Committee

Past Presidents of the CACJ


Information on Other Criminal Defense Organizations in California

  • California DUI Lawyers Association - Founded in 1989, the CDLA is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and promote the rights of the accused and a fair criminal justice system. Many of top DUI Lawyers in California belong to this respected organization.

Contact Information for the CACJ

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


This article was last updated on Friday, April 14, 2017.