Annual Conference

Every year in the fall, CGJA holds a joint Annual Conference and Membership Meeting at a different location. The conference provides an opportunity for members and grand jurors to meet and discuss experiences, ask questions, and otherwise engage in activities to enhance everyone's understanding of the grand jury system in order to contribute to CGJA's role in protecting and enhancing California's county grand jury system.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic upended our plans for 2020. Instead of gathering our vulnerable members together to celebrate CGJA successes, a membership meeting was conducted via in October 2020. This was a first for CGJA, and it was well received by our members with over 90 participants.

This year, in light of the continuing pandemic and vaccination shortfalls, our 2021 meeting will again take place via Zoom. It will be held on October 25, 2021, from 1:00 - 3:45 PM. The program wil feature a keynote address by Neil McCormick, CEO of the California Special Districts Association, entitled Special Districts and the Grand Jury. Dr. Josh Franco, Assistant Professor of Cuyama College, San Diego County, will also challenge us with an adress entitled Civil Grand Juries: An Underutilized Oversight Mechanism. Of course, all of the awards and recognitions will be on tap, and you will be introduced to the newly-elected board members. 

Plans are still in place for our next Annual Conference and Membership Meeting to be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - San Rafael in late October 2022. Details will be provided as they become known due to the uncertaincies created by the Covid-19 situation and its associated health risks.


Link to Zoom Meeting:
                                                                       Meeting ID: 852 0499 9056    Passcode: 500499  


2021 Annual Membership Meeting

Monday, October 25, 2021

12:45 - 1:00 pm     Assembly time:  Please connect to the meeting early to test connections.

1:00 - 1:10 pm      Annual Membership Meeting convenes: Opening remarks
          Lou Panetta, President, CGJA

1:10 - 2:10 pm      Keynote Address (with Q&A)  Special Districts and the Grand Jury
          Neil McCormick, CEO, California Special Districts Association

2:10 - 2:30 pm      CGJA President's Report on CGJA Activities and the State of the Association (with Q&A)
          Lou Panetta, President, CGJA

2:30 - 2:40 pm      Break

2:40 - 3:10 pm      From the Outside Looking In (with Q&A): Civil Grand Juries: An Underutilized Oversight Mechanism
           Josh Franco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Cuyamaca College (San Diego County)

3:10- 3:30 pm      Presentation of Excellence in Reporting and Angelo Rolando Service Awards
          Barbara Sommer, Chair, EIR Subcommittee
          Joann Landi, Chair, Awards Committee

3:30 - 3:35 pm      Election Results: Officers and Directors
          Shirley Boracci, Chair, Nominations-Elections Committee

3:35 - 3:40 pm      Swearing in Directors and Officers
          Judge Steven Jahr (ret.)

3:40 - 3:45 pm      Closing remarks by Lou Panetta CGJA President


► Speaker bios for Neil McCormick and Josh Franco, Ph.D. can be viewed here.

► The set of committee reports for 2021 can be viewed here.

► Nominations for CGJA's 2021 Excellence in Reporting Awards can be viewed here.

► 2021 CGJA Volunteer Roster can be viewed here.

Please direct all queries or suggestions about the annual conference to Lloyd Bell, Annual Conference Chair.

Transcripts of Conferences since 2006 can be found in the December issue of the Grand Jurors' Journal  for that year which contains a summary of the conference of that year. Go to Journal Archives to find these editions.

Transcripts of Conferences held prior to 2007 are archived here.

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