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,
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.