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Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles

The Criminal Courts Bar Association is a county wide organization of criminal defense lawyers in both public and private practice, law students, allied professionals, and private individuals. The goals of the Criminal Courts Bar Association are the protection of individual rights and liberties, improvement of the Criminal Justice System, enhancement of the Criminal Law Practitioners, and the continuing education of the Criminal Defense Bar.

The Criminal Courts Bar Association enjoys a position of trust and respect in the criminal justice system and has an important voice in the legal community. The Criminal Courts Bar Association will continue to remain active in both professional and civic affairs that are of importance to the rights of those accused of crimes.

The CCBA continues to seek the support of our core membership and is looking for new members to continue our strong traditions. For those who are already members, thank you. For those who have not yet renewed please consider doing so now, click here.

Message From the President

In 1954, a dedicated group of attorneys formed the Criminal Courts Bar Association to promote integrity within our profession and to protect the due process rights of society's most helpless and vulnerable. As defense counsel, prosecutors, public defenders, Judges, law enforcement, and others deeply concerned with our system of justice – we are proud to carry on and build upon this proud tradition.

In the weeks and months before assuming the post of Association President, I thought deeply about how this organization and the professionals comprising it provided me with guidance critical to my practice, especially my development as a young lawyer. As a 2 nd generation member of the Criminal Courts Bar Association, I understand the important role this organization can play.

Toward that end, I have worked to grow and diversify our membership by extending a warm welcome to our friends in the DA's office, City Attorney's office, Judiciary, law enforcement, and others. Our 2014 monthly meetings have welcomed dynamic speakers. Our March meeting gave us a look into Delancey Street Foundation through the eyes of two of its residents. Delancey Street has been called "the best rehabilitation program in the world" and Dr. Mimi Silbert, its founder and president, will receive the President's Award at our upcoming awards dinner. Our February meeting welcomed a Deputy District Attorney from High Tech Crimes. Our January meeting featured DUI expert and fellow CCBA member Richard Hutton. At our May meeting, we will screen "The House I Live In" by acclaimed Director Eugene Jarecki. The film won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance Film Festival and addresses the war on drugs, our overcrowded prison system, and other issues relevant to our organization. The documentary's producer, Charlotte Films, will receive the Journalism Excellence Award at our upcoming awards dinner.

On the technology front, I am proud to introduce our new domain name (LACCBA.COM) and state-of-the-art website, which was designed and generously donated by Scorpion Design. The new website will offer an online membership application, secure payment and RSVP options, photo galleries of past events, and member-only areas. The site will serve us well as we continue to grow our membership and honor the great tradition of the Criminal Courts Bar Association.

Finally, I would like to thank our immediate past president, Bruce Richland, for his contribution to our organization. I also look forward to our 61 st Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place on April 26 th at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel, home of the inaugural Academy Awards! I am honored to be your 61 st President and will do all that I can to serve you well.

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