Section Criminal Law


The Criminal Law Section helps further the achievement of fair, speedy, and effective administration of criminal justice. Prosecutors, private defense counsel, judges, law professors, correctional and law enforcement personnel, law students, public defenders, and other criminal justice professionals are encouraged to join. The Criminal Law Section provides members with continuing legal education (CLE) programs and a network of support.

Section Chair

Charles Dresow
415 453 9433
cdresow@rflawllp.com

Notice
Main County Superior Court

Uniform Local Rules 2

Updated January 1, 2017
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President's Message
Jun 05, 2017
By Dorothy Chou Proudfoot

A big thank you to Immediate Past President Larry Strick for arranging for Dr. Larry Brilliant to speak at our May General Membership meeting. I did not know Dr. Brilliant personally; I had only read the Wikipedia summary of his education, experiences, and accomplishments, and I was curious to see how he would inspire us to go outside our comfort zone and do good in the world.

May Meeting Recap
Jun 04, 2017
By Anna Pletcher

May’s Member Luncheon featured physician, epidemiologist, and TED sensation Dr. Larry Brilliant in conversation with MCBA Program Chair Barrett Schaefer. A talented storyteller and engaging speaker, Dr. Brilliant reflected on his extraordinary life journey across continents, from eradicating smallpox in India to leading Google’s philanthropic foundation.

JUDGE'S CORNER
Jun 03, 2017
By The Honorable Verna Adams

On Friday, May 12, 2017, all of the active female Marin County Superior Court Judges gathered with our matriarch, Judge Beverly Bloch Savitt (Ret.) for her birthday party. This occasion sparked my interest about the history of the Marin County Superior Court. 104 years elapsed between the election of our first Superior Court Judge in 1879 and 1983, when Bev Savitt and Lynn Taylor together shattered the glass ceiling.

Jun 03, 2017
By Anna Pletcher

The debate over bail reform in California is heating up. Two bills are currently making their way through the state legislature seek to end the state’s money bail system. The proposed reforms have generated much interest and controversy from those on both sides of the political spectrum. As a former federal prosecutor, I am watching with interest and curiosity as California's debate unfolds. Money bail was eliminated at the federal level more than fifty years ago.

NONPROFIT PROFILE
Jun 02, 2017
By Catherine Rucker

In the summer of 2016 while serving as a volunteer attorney in the Marin Public Defender’s office, I learned that the Marin Shakespeare Company production of Othello would feature Dameion Brown in the lead. Mr. Brown had been incarcerated at Soledad Prison, and he was the first actor from one of MSC's prison arts programs to star in a regular production.

May 25, 2017
By Bryna Holland, Deputy Public Defender

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits infliction of cruel and unusual punishment. Stunningly, in Brown v. Plata (2011) 563 U.S. 493, the State of California conceded a violation of the Eighth Amendment. The concession was based on evidence presented during 14 days of testimony before a three-judge panel about life inside California’s vast prison system, especially for inmates with health problems. . . . Learn what Marin County is doing to address the problem.