CACJ & CPDA proudly present the

45th Annual Capital Case Defense Seminar

Monterey, February 18-21, 2022

Registration will be opening soon.


COVID Policy

The seminar will be imposing a vaccination policy requiring all attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and conference staff to show proof of full vaccination. This policy will be strictly enforced with staff devoted solely to ensuring compliance both before the conference and on site to deal with any issues that may arise in our efforts to comply with state and local COVID-19 health requirements. Following CDC recommended guidelines, we are requiring all attendees to wear a mask while indoors to maximize protection and prevent possibly spreading COVID-19 to others.

The CACJ/CPDA Capital Case Defense Seminar is the largest death penalty semninar in the nation
and has been held for 45 years, beginning in 1978.


California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) and the California Public Defenders' Association (CPDA) are pleased to invite you to participate in the Capital Case Defense Seminar (CCDS). The CCDS is an intensive educational opportunity for anyone involved in, or considering taking on, the defense of a capital case. It is designed not only for lawyers, but also for mitigation specialists, paralegals, investigators, and experts working in capital defense. The CCDS will also include sessions addressing murder and felony charges other than capital cases.

CCDS is unique in that it offers lectures as well as specialized workshops that give participants the chance to brainstorm and exchange information with other participants. Experienced practitioners in any jurisdiction and those just entering the field can benefit from the lectures and workshops featuring experienced lawyers and experts, from both California and across the nation.

Save the Dates!

Monterey, February 17-20, 2023
San Diego, February 16-19, 2024
Monterey, February 14-17, 2025
San Diego, February 13-16, 2026

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