Welcome to the California DUI Lawyers Association

Home of the Top DUI Attorneys in California

California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA) is a non-profit organization with 350+ members.  CDLA is believed to be one of the oldest impaired driving defense bar associations in the United States. Collectively, our members represent thousands of citizens accused of driving under the influence and related offenses each year and are committed to zealously defending their clients. CDLA is dedicated to assisting its members to ensure that those accused of driving under the influence crimes are justly treated. CDLA regularly sponsors Continuing Legal Education seminars pertaining to DUI related matters throughout California. CDLA has been an Amicus Curiae in the Court of Appeal, in the California Supreme Court, and in the United States Supreme Court in cases involving significant issues in DUI matters. CDLA has also pioneered efforts in the courts in the pursuit of fairness in DMV hearings for California drivers.


The 2023 Annual Kuwatch Conference will be held on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12, 2023 at the Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza.

The theme of this year's conference is Beating the Odds & Mastering Your Craft.


CDLA is offering a 10% discount for everyone who registers on or before June 30, 2023. You can register directly via the CDLA website or using this special link: https://www.californiaduilawyers.org/2023annualkuwatchconference

 CATEGORY                                               UNTIL JUNE 30, 2023                  JULY 1 TO AUGUST 12, 2023

Regular (non-Public Defender) Member Rate:                       $355                                               $395

Regular Public Defender Member Rate:                                 $200                                               $225

Non-Member (Non-Pubic Defender) Rate:                             $415                                               $460

Non-Member Public Defender  Rate:                                     $260                                               $290

 MCLE:                9.5 MCLE credit hours including 1.0 Implicit Bias credit hour  


CDLA has arranged for a room rate at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel of $219 (plus taxes) for Thursday, August 10; Friday, August 11; and Saturday, August 12.

PHONE:  213-617-3300 & ask for the “CDLA Annual Kuwatch Conference 2023

 INTERNET:  https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/los-angeles-california-plaza/meetings/cdla-annual-kuwatch-conference-2023-08102023


1:00 - 1:10 p.m.       Welcome – CDLA President Manny Daskal

1:10 - 2:45 p.m.       Andrea D. Lyon: Acting for DUI Lawyers 

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.       Refreshment Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.       Patrick Griffin: Voir Dire 

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.       Kim Benjamin: Opening Statements 

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.       Michelle Behan: Cross Examination of a Police Officer

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.       Networking Reception


7:30 - 8:45 a.m.       Breakfast

 9:00 - 9:10 a.m.       Greetings – CDLA Vice President Manny Barba

 9:10 - 11:00 a.m.     Suzanne Perry: Blood Analysis for Drugs & Alcohol                 

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.   Sponsor Presentations & Raffles

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.   Jonathan Dichter – Closing Statements

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.     Awards Luncheon

 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.      Kim Whitfield - Implied Bias Training

 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.      Jim Parkman: Closing Conference Keynote


For the complete conference brochure, click on the 2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE tab at the top of this page.

Contact Dr. Roger C. Andersen, CDLA Executive Director, at [email protected]

Benefits of CDLA Membership

All our members emphasize, in their respective criminal defense practices, defending citizens who are accused of driving under the influence and related cases.  The collective knowledge our membership is vast.  We have members who have argued before the Supreme Court, written numerous appellate briefs, presented, and lectured to attorneys from all over the United States on various aspects of DUI law, and generally are the most well versed in DUI defense than the general criminal defense bar of California.

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On-Demand Webinars

CDLA members have access to our on-demand webinars, all offered at no cost . All CDLA webinars are eligible for MCLE credit. 

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