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Board of Directors for 2023-2024

CDLA is pleased to announce the members of the 2023-2024 CDLA Board of Directors:

NEW DIRECTORS ELECTED:  Suzanne Ferguson, Jeanne Normandeau, Ryan Wilber, Lara Gressley

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Lynn Gorelick to receive CDLA Lifetime Achievement Award

LYNN GORELICK TO RECEIVE THE EDWARD KUWATCH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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"Angel of Death Row" to open 2023 Annual Kuwatch Conference

 

2023 ANNUAL KUWATCH CONFERENCE OPENING KEYNOTE PRESENTER:
ANDREA LYON, "ANGEL OF DEATH ROW"
"Acting for DUI Attorneys"
Friday, August 11, 2023
1:10 to 2:30 p.m.

 

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"Angel of Death Row" to open 2023 Annual Kuwatch Conference

 

2023 ANNUAL KUWATCH CONFERENCE OPENING KEYNOTE PRESENTER:
ANDREA LYON, "ANGEL OF DEATH ROW"
"Acting for DUI Attorneys"
Friday, August 11, 2023
1:10 to 2:30 p.m.

 

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Who is Edward Kuwatch?

The California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA) names its annual conference as well as its most prestigious annual award after Edward Kuwatch.

Each year CDLA presents the Edward Kuwatch Memorial Award to recognize an attorney who made the greatest contribution and the most significant impact to the DUI field. The award was established to honor the memory of Edward “Fast Eddy” Kuwatch, a prominent attorney and founder of the California DUI Deuce Defenders now called the CDLA. Edward Kuwatch was an outstanding leader within the legal profession and in the community.

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Happy National Pi Day!

CDLA celebrates National Pi Day!

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Registration Now Open for CDLA's Annual Conference

ANNUAL KUWATCH CONFERENCE 2023 - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

THEME: Beating the Odds & Mastering your Craft

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Interested in joining CDLA?

Are you a California attorney who handles a significant number of DUI cases as part of your legal practice?
As Executive Director of the California DUI Lawyers Association, I am encouraging you to join our vibrant group of 370+ lawyers, "home of the top DUI attorneys in California."
CDLA offers 6-8 free webinars every year. All qualify for MCLE credit. We also host in-person meetings in both Northern California and Southern California.  Our "signature" event is a two-day conference in mid-August. The 2022 Annual Kuwatch Conference held in San Francisco was attended by 160 attorneys and received almost 100% positive evaluations from participants.
Our listserv is a heavily used interactive forum that assists lawyers by requesting and sharing advice about specific legal matters, seeking referrals or appearances, providing updates on key court cases, etc.
For a one-year period of membership, the following categories and rates apply:
General (attorneys): $130
Associate (non-attorney; out-of-state attorney): $65
General/PD (attorney - public defenders): $65
Specialist (attorneys qualified as specialists): $200 (requires review and approval)
Application can be made using the JOIN/RENEW NOW button on the main page of our website:
Please let me know if you need any additional information regarding our Association.
Thanks.
Roger

Dr. Roger C. Andersen, Executive Director

California DUI Lawyers Association

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Annual Kuwatch Conference Registration Opens on March 13th!

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 CDLA Seminar Planning Committee has arranged for an exceptional program of speakers for this two-day conference.

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Need a DUI Lawyer?

Do you need a DUI lawyer?

You have come to the right place!

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CDLA's 2023 Annual Kuwatch Conference Update

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

The CDLA Seminar Planning Committee is in the process of identifying outstanding speakers for our 2-day conference.

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Save the Dates! 2023 Annual Kuwatch Conference

After months of researching different venues in the greater Los Angeles region, the Seminar Planning Committee (President Manny Daskal; Peter Johnson; Erica Madrid; Phillip Crawford; Lynn Gorelick) has selected the dates and site for next year’s conference!

WHEN: Friday, August 11 & Saturday, August 12, 2023

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Don Bartell Memorial Service this Saturday (11/5)

CDLA is honored to sponsor a special memorial service for Donald Joseph Bartell who passed away of natural causes on October 2, 2022 in Riverside, California:

Saturday, November 5, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Commemorative Air Force
Inland Empire Wing
6936 Flight Rd.
Riverside, CA 92504
https://www.inlandempirecaf.com/





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Interested in joining CDLA?

As Executive Director of the California DUI Lawyers Association, I am encouraging you to join our vibrant group of 370+ lawyers, "home of the top DUI attorneys in California."
CDLA offers 5-6 free webinars every year. All qualify for MCLE credit. We also host in-person meetings in both Northern California and Southern California.  Our "signature" event is a two-day conference in mid-August. The 2022 Annual Kuwatch Conference held in San Francisco was attended by 160 attorneys and received almost 100% positive evaluations from participants.
Our listserv is a heavily used interactive forum that assists lawyers by requesting and sharing advice about specific legal matters, seeking referrals or appearances, providing updates on key court cases, ec.
For a one-year period of membership, the following categories and rates apply:
General (attorneys): $130
Associate (non-attorney; out-of-state attorney): $65
General/PD (attorney - public defenders): $65
Specialist (attorneys qualified as specialists): $200
Application can be made using the JOIN/RENEW NOW button on the main page of our website:

Please let me know if you need any additional information regarding our Association.
Thanks.
Roger

Dr. Roger C. Andersen, Executive Director

California DUI Lawyers Association


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Donald Bartell Memorial Service: RSVP Required!

CDLA is honored to sponsor a special memorial service for Donald Joseph Bartell who passed away of natural causes on October 2, 2022 in Riverside, California:
 
Saturday, November 5, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Commemorative Air Force
Inland Empire Wing
6936 Flight Rd.
Riverside, CA 92504
RSVP needed by Thursday, November 3:
Email Phillip Crawford at [email protected] 
Subject line: RSVP Don Bartell
Please indicate the names of attendees in your message.
For additional information about this service, please contact CDLA Board Member Phillip Crawford at [email protected]
The CDLA Board of Directors salutes the passing of a true legal legend and encourages everyone to attend this memorial service.

Registration now open for holiday dinner meetings

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE HOLIDAY DINNER MEETINGS!
Southern California Holiday Dinner Meeting
DATE:                     Thursday, December 1, 2022
TIME:                      6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION:            Parker’s Lighthouse (Shoreline Village, Long Beach) 

PRESENTER:         Ed Barley 

PROGRAM:       Cross-Examination of the State’s Expert 

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Celebration of Life for the Legal Community: Rich Hutton

Celebration of life of Rich Hutton organized by Robert Wilson and Chris Chaney.

Next Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm at the Yard House at LA Live located at 800 W Olympic Blvd A-115, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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In Memoriam: Donald Bartell

It is with great sorrow to report that we have lost another legend in the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA), Inc. community. 
 
CDLA Past President Donald Bartell passed away on Sunday. Details will be forthcoming. In the meantime, our hearts go out to law partners Lara Gressley and Mike Donaldson as they try to deal with this huge loss. 
 
Don was a giant in the legal community. He was always willing to lend you a hand, discuss strategies and help you when you called. 
Condolences have come in from around the country which illustrates the impact this man had our specialized practice of law.
 
Donald Joseph Bartell started the practice of law on June 13, 1984. He was a fantastic trial lawyer and a nationally recognized speaker on issues related to DUI. For many of us in CDLA, Don was our friend and mentor. We are all in shock as we deal with yet another blow to our community.
Don Bartell wrote the leading treatise on DUI defense - Attacking and Defending Drunk Driving Tests. As the twice-elected past President of CDLA, Don has led the DUI defense bar to success on many fronts. Don has become the leading source on the topic of DUI defense in California. Other lawyers routinely call Don for advice in the areas of DUI defense, jury selection, cross examination techniques, DMV hearings and consequences, legal writing, and appellate work. 
Don has lectured other lawyers on those topics across the nation - from New York to San Diego. Don was invited to be one of only two defense lawyers in a mock trial put on by the National College for DUI Defense in New Orleans, and spoke at the California Public Defenders Association seminar in Monterey, California in June of 2017. 
He co-argued the state's two leading DUI cases in the Court of Appeal and in the California Supreme Court. Don has written briefs submitted to the federal court and to the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court called his book an "authoritative source." Don has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions. Don also holds the prestigious title of Super Lawyer.
Many lawyers of Don's caliber are seldom seen in the courtroom. Don regularly appeared in court, and tried several cases every year. He seldom lost. Don had a stellar reputation amongst his colleagues, clients, and friends for good reason. Don believed in the team approach. Attorney Lara Gressley worked on every case with Don. That team approach resulted in many favorable outcomes for BH&G clients. 
Other lawyers have called Don "the best attorney in the nation."
Please keep his family - as well as Lara and Mike - in your prayers as they will need them as they deal with the next steps.

New Implicit Bias Education Now Required for CA Attorneys

NEW IMPLICIT BIAS EDUCATION NOW REQUIRED FOR ALL CA ATTORNEYS

The State Bar of California now requires all attorneys to include 1 unit of implicit bias education in their required 25 hours of MCLE every 3 years. This is in addition to the 1 unit of elimination of bias training that was previously required. 

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In Memoriam: Richard Hutton

IN MEMORIAM: RICHARD HUTTON

CDLA member Rich Hutton recently passed away.

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