About the Section

The newly created ACBA Criminal Law Section provides networking opportunities and continuing legal education programs for judges and attorneys practicing in the criminal justice system. The Section also serves as a liaison with the Superior Court on issues related to practicing law in Alameda County.

To join the section, please contact our Membership Department at (510) 302-2200 or hadassah@acbanet.org.

Upcoming Programs

February 28, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Elder Abuse: Prevention, Detection, and Correction
Please join us for a program examining various forms of elder abuse, how to recognize warning signs, and resources for assistance. Speaker Cheryl Poncini from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Elder Prevention Unit will also discuss what the Unit is and its role in redressing cases of elder maltreatment. Come prepared with your questions, there will be a Q&A period at the end of the presentation.

March 30, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
How to Run a Successful Criminal Defense Practice
Interested in opening a solo criminal defense practice? What are the pros and cons of going solo? This program will cover the basics, including business licenses, finding and buying/leasing office space, banking and financial management, and more!

New events are added regularly. Please visit the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events.

Court Appointed Attorneys Program

The ACBA also runs the Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP), which administers the conflicts program for Alameda County. For more information on CAAP, click here.

Executive Committee


CHAIR
Maureen Kildee

Law Offices of Maureen Kildee
420 3rd St., Ste. 200
Oakland, CA 94607
510/868-0753
  
MEMBER
Arezou Bakhtjou

Law Offices of Arezou Bakhtjou
1999 Harrison St., Ste. 1800
Oakland, CA 94612
949/216-0628
  
MEMBER
Chitra Ramanathan

Chitra Ramanathan, Attorney at Law
39510 Paseo Padre Pkway, Ste 190
Fremont, C A94538
510/460-1494
  
MEMBER
Hon. Gregory Syren

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  
MEMBER
Gautam Jagannath

Social Justice Collaborative
420 3rd Street, Ste 130
Oakland, CA 94607
510/992-3964
VICE CHAIR Matt Golde


Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
 
 
 
  
MEMBER
Sergio Benavides

Law Offices of Sergio Benavides
24301 Southland Drive, Ste. 605D
Hayward, CA 94541
415/867-5181
  
MEMBER
Hon. Delia Trevino

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
 
 
 
 
  
MEMBER
Sylvia E. Cediel

Office of the Public Defender
1401 Lakeside Dr., #400
Oakland, CA 94612
510/272-6600