Alliance of California Judges
September 2, 2016

Good News – Space Added – CJP Panel Confirmed – Register Now!

Due to overwhelming interest in this year's judicial education conference, October 7 – 9 at the Doubletree Spectrum Hotel in Irvine, we have added more space and made arrangements to accommodate more judges. No wonder! The CJP is now subject to an unprecedented audit ordered by the legislature, following an equally unprecedented ruling by the Supreme Court instructing the CJP to withdraw an advisory (stinger) letter or show cause. It was withdrawn.

Friday, October 7, judges and guests are invited to attend the "Alliance Directors' Reception," a festive welcome on the hotel terrace that begins at six o'clock. Following dinner on your own, everyone is welcome to relax into the evening, and enjoy lively conversation with colleagues from all parts of California.

Saturday, October 8, our day will be devoted to a wide range of issues including the impact of Prop 47, updates on Fourth and Fifth Amendment Jurisprudence, and the current state of the law regarding expert testimony. In addition to new information on gang cases, we will also learn about new developments in evidence based release programs. As always, our teaching judges and lawyers are the “best of the best” in their respective areas of expertise. We will enjoy a wonderful lunch on the hotel terrace. Guests are welcome to join us for lunch.

Keynote Speaker – Robert Shapiro

Following another delightful cocktail reception on the terrace after classes on Saturday, we will enjoy a sumptuous dinner, after which Robert Shapiro will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Shapiro, a renowned litigator, is a senior partner at Los Angeles-based Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro, LLP. With a reputation as a zealous advocate, he has represented clients, ranging from high-profile corporations to celebrities. Mr. Shapiro has more than 30 years of criminal litigation practice, including the successful defenses of O.J. Simpson and Christian Brando.

A 1965 graduate of UCLA, Mr. Shapiro received his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1968. At the start of his career, Mr. Shapiro spent two years in the L.A. County District Attorney's Office before beginning his storied career in criminal defense, where he polished his trial experience and honed his litigation expertise. Shortly after the Simpson trial, he moved from criminal defense into the civil arena. Today, Mr. Shapiro is recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association. An entrepreneur at heart, he is the founder of Guests are welcome to join us for dinner. Another after-hours evening on the terrace will follow, with Mr. Shapiro joining us for a relaxed off-the-record night of conversation.

Sunday, October 9, our morning will be devoted to a "top-to-bottom" analysis of the CJP with special attention on its legal underpinnings, recent published cases, judicial due process (or lack thereof), confidentiality and what judges can do about it. Presenters include attorneys Edith Matthai, Heather Rosing and Paul Meyer, all of whom are seasoned members of the judicial defense bar. Expect interesting, provocative sessions, with Q & A to follow.

Ready to sign-up? All bench officers are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a member of the Alliance. We have made registration easy! Click here to go to our website, or go to Click the "conference registration" button to use our secure Pay Pal account to pay the conference fee and any guest fee. If you prefer, send a check payable to the Alliance of California Judges at 1817 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811.

The cost for this year's conference is only $95, which includes class materials, lunch and dinner on Saturday.  Guests are welcome to join us for lunch and dinner on Saturday, at our cost: Lunch is $30, and dinner is $60.

To reserve your room at the Doubletree, click here and follow the prompts. If you prefer, you can call the hotel toll-free at 800-768-0593. Be sure and advise that you will be attending the Alliance Judicial Education Conference. We have secured an exceptional room rate of $109 a night, with free Wi-Fi. A complete breakfast buffet for conference attendees and guests each day is just $11 per person.

Since Monday, October 10, is a court holiday, we encourage you to relax Sunday afternoon, enjoy everything that Orange County has to offer, and return home at your leisure on Monday.

Questions? Feel free to give me a call, or send me an email. See you at the Doubletree!


Judge John Adams
Judicial Education Director

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

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