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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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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.

Dr. Roger C. Andersen, Executive Director

California DUI Lawyers Association

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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

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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

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


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


CDLA member Rich Hutton recently passed away.

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Holiday Dinner Meetings Decembrer 2023

Although the members of the CDLA Seminar Planning Committee are finalizing the location and program, we ask that you SAVE THE DATE to be able to participate in our end-of-year holiday dinner meetings. Participants will be able to earn 2.5 MCLE credits for attendance.
Southern California Holiday Dinner Meeting
Thursday, December 8, 2022
6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Event Coordinator: Erica Madrid
Northern California Holiday Dinner Meeting
Thursday, December 15, 2022
6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Event Coordinator: Peter Johnson
Please note that the location/venue, program/speakers, cost, and registration information will be sent to all CDLA members during the second half of October.
These dinner meetings provide an excellent opportunity to network and socialize with your fellow CDLA members - as well as to obtain training and information on important professional development topics.

Free writing Webinar to be presented to CDLA members

CDLA is offering a free webinar to its members on Wednesday, October 19 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Effective Legal Writing for Attorneys: How to Easily Improve Your Writing (MCLE: 1.0 credit) will be presented by Don Bartell and Lara Gressley.
This webinar will demonstrate specific legal-writing techniques that will help attorneys make their writing more concise and direct, and therefore more persuasive.  Through specific examples of typical legal-writing problems and their solutions, the webinar will help participants improve the clarity and focus of the briefs, letters, and other written work that is crucial to any legal practice. 
In this webinar presented by CDLA attorneys Donald Bartell and Lara Gressley, you will learn the basics of legal writing, a lawyer's most important tool, including tips and techniques for drafting briefs, pleadings and memos. Participants will also understand the most common mistakes and problems lawyers encounter in their writings -- and how to avoid them.
For additional information about this webinar - and CDLA membership - contact CDLA Executive Director Dr. Roger C. Andersen at [email protected]

Manny Daskal Elected President of CDLA for 2022-2023 Year

At the Annual Meeting of the CDLA Board of Directors held last weekend as part of the 2022 Annual Kuwatch Conference, Manny Daskal was elected President of the CDLA Board of Directors.

Manny is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He graduated with a B.S. from Wayne State University,

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Alison Bermant Receives 2022 President's Award

Alison Bermant was awarded the prestigious President's Award at the 2022 CDLA Annual Kuwatch Conference.
Immediate Past President Josh Price states "Alison is a true warrior, she fights for every client and contributes greatly to CDLA through her advocacy and posts. She demonstrates a steadfast commitment to CDLA as well as to freedom. She has shown outstanding efforts in defending the accused that zealously guards our Constitutional rights." 

Alison can be reached at [email protected] or 530-550-0529.

Congratulations to Alison!

Newly Elected Officers for 2022-2023


The CDLA Board of Directors has elected the following members as its Officers for the 2022-2023 year:

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Annual Conference: Less than 2 weeks away!

​In less than 2 weeks - and after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic - CDLA will be holding its annual conference. 
The 2022 Annual Kuwatch Conference will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022 and Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in downtown San Francisco.


(Vice President Manny Barba - Master of Ceremonies)

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Terry Wapner to receive CDLA highest award at annual conference



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CDLA Membership Growth

CDLA is pleased to have added 40 new members in the past 3 months!

Many of our new members have joined in time to attend the Annual Kuwatch Conference scheduled for Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.

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CDLA plays prominent role at NCDD Summer Seminar

CDLA was a dominant presence at the July 14-15, 2022 Summer Session Seminar of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) held in Chicago.

Donald Bartell was the appellate attorney of the year.

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Register now for CDLA's annual conference!

WHAT?     CDLA Annual Conference 2022

WHEN?     Friday, August 12 starting 1:00 p.m.  - Saturday, August 13, 2022 ending at 3:45 p.m..

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Don Bartell receives prestigious award from NCDD!

Congratulations to Don Bartell for being awarded The National College for DUI Defense's (NCDD)’s appellate attorney of the year in Chicago today!