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July's Final Friday's Webinar
Please join us for APA's latest "Final Friday's" webinar on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT, which will cover a review of Riley v. California and other significant criminal cases from the latest term of the United States Supreme Court. Though relatively few in number this term, these cases decide some important issues that all criminal justice practitioners should be aware of.  We will also take a look ahead to cases of interest that have already been granted cert and may be decided in the next term.  APA is seeking one credit of Continuing Legal Education credit from the State of Virginia for this webinar and can help attorney attendees qualify this webinar for CLE credit in their own jurisdictions. **Please click HERE to register.**
9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), will host the 9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety from September 22-24, 2014 in Dallas, TX. The summit and lodging will take place at the Adolphus Hotel.  **Please click here to register.**

To view the draft agenda click here.  Further details regarding the summit agenda will follow. 

Seats are limited. Click here to reserve your hotel room today.

 Current News

Adams County district attorney's office holds second citizen's academy
The District Attorney's office for Adams County is taking applications for residents interested in learning the ins and outs of the criminal justice system during a specialized citizen's academy this fall.  This is the second year for the project, which was launched by 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young last year in an effort to make people understand what he does every day.  "The community really doesn't know what we do as prosecutors," Young said. "Not only that, they really don't know how the criminal justice system works. So, we thought we'd open our doors and get people insight into what really happens in the system and what prosecutors do."
The Denver Post

Lehigh County District Attorney's Office expands Domestic Violence Unit
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Lehigh County District Attorney's Domestic Violence Unit has been expanded and the processing of domestic abuse cases through the court system has been changed to strengthen prosecutors’ and the court’s response to domestic violence cases, according to a Wednesday news release from District Attorney James B. Martin. The unit, which was started in 1997, initially was staffed by one attorney and one detective, and a second detective was added in 2012. Martin said he recently expanded the unit by adding another attorney.

DA's office awarded No Refusal Initiative grant
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced today that her office has been awarded nearly a half a million dollars in funding for the No Refusal Initiative. The funding is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation by way of a federal grant.  Under the No Refusal Initiative, extra prosecutors are assigned to help law enforcement obtain a search warrant to draw the blood of any suspected intoxicated driver who refuses to take a Breathalyzer test or to give a blood sample. In April 2013, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office became one of the first district attorney’s offices in this region to enact a no refusal policy every day.

 Technical Assistance

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys provides 24/7 technical assistance and professional case consultation to prosecutors. Please submit requests to the following email and you will be contacted within 24 hours: info@apainc.org

 About APA

APA was incorporated to act as a global forum for the exchange of ideas, allow prosecutors to collaborate with all criminal justice partners, conduct timely and effective technical assistance and provide access to technology for the enhancement of the prosecutorial function.

In addition, APA will serve as a model organization and an advocate for prosecutors on emerging issues related to the administration of justice.

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