Alliance of California Judges
July 7, 2016

                                             Judicial Education – Save the Dates

On behalf of the Alliance of California Judges, I am pleased to announce that our judicial education conference for 2016 has been set for October 8 and 9 at the Doubletree Spectrum Hotel in Irvine.  Entitled “Crimes, Gangs, Rights, Due Process and the CJP” this is a not to be missed program!

You are cordially invited to join us Friday evening, October 7, for a festive welcome from Alliance directors.  Classes begin Saturday morning.   As usual, we will learn from the best of the best!  Over the course of two day we will cover a range of criminal justice issues, including the impact of Prop 47, updates on 4th and 5th amendment rights, and the current status of gang enforcement, prosecution and sentencing.  We will also delve into the legal structure of the CJP and what many perceive to be a denial of fundamental due process rights.  Even if you currently have a civil assignment, you are encouraged to attend.  Remember, you may get a criminal calendar, especially if you plan on returning to the bench on assignment after retirement.

Following a cocktail reception on the outdoor terrace after classes on Saturday, October 8, for judges, we will enjoy dinner together, which will be followed by a keynote address from a renowned speaker.  Past keynoters have included a 9th Circuit Justice, legal scholars and social commentators. You will not be disappointed with our selection for 2016.  

Our conference concludes at noon on Sunday, October 9.  Since Monday, October 10, is a court holiday, we encourage you to relax Sunday afternoon, enjoy Orange County, and return home at your leisure on Monday. 

The cost for this year’s conference is only $95.  This includes all class materials, lunch and dinner on Saturday.  The Doubletree is a first class hotel.  We have secured an exceptional room rate of $109/night, with free Wi-Fi.  A complete breakfast buffet for conference attendees and guests each day is just $11/person.  As always, our programs are offered to all California bench officers.  You do not need to be an Alliance member to attend. 

      Judge Lopez-Giss lays a wreath at Vad Yashem  

On the international front, I am delighted to report that our inaugural judicial education program to Israel in May was incredible.  Judges from across California enjoyed outstanding lectures at Hebrew University Law School.   We saw the Supreme Court in session, followed by a private meeting with Justice Jourbran.  Among other highlights (thanks to Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee) we obtained a comprehensive briefing on the Middle East situation by Ambassador Liora Herzl, and the perspective of two Members of the Knesset.   We visited many famous historic and religious sites throughout Israel, and laid a wreath of honor at the eternal flame of Yad Vashem, the memorial to holocaust victims. 

                 Iconic Opera House on Sydney Harbor

Our second international judicial education conference will be held in Australia.  Tentatively slated for late 2017, we will again partner with a renowned law school for education.  Now the hallmark of our international programs, we will focus on the country’s historic legal structure, due process rights, and differences in criminal and civil justice.  We are planning a reception with Supreme Court jurists at the iconic Sydney Opera House, followed by a concert.  We will enjoy a cruise of Darling Harbor at sunset.  As we did in Israel, we will also arrange meetings with senior government leaders.  There will be opportunities for travelers to visit the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, and the Outback. 

You will not want to miss these upcoming conferences!  Stay tuned for more information.


Judge John Adams
Judicial Education Director

Alliance of California Judges
1817 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA  95811

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