Annual Conference

Every year in the fall, CGJA holds an Annual Conference/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.

After a two-year absence due to COVID-19, we are pleased to announce that the 2022 CGJA Annual Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton – San Rafael, Marin County on October 23 and 24, 2022. The theme for this years' conference is Celebrating Grand Jury Successes at the Local Level. We have a set of very exciting speakers and panels and believe you will find them enlightening, inspiring, and challenging.  Festivities will include a dinner on the evening of October 23 where we can socialize and renew acquaintances before and during dinner.

There will also be a silent auction where many interesting items will be available for your careful consideration.  Chapters and Associations are encouraged to donate a basket containing items representing bounty from their county for this event.  Individual donations of auction items will also be graciously received, with advance notification to so that requisite auction materials can be prepared.  All proceeds will be used to reduce conference registration fees.

This conference will open Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM, and will feature a keynote address by Ethan Rarick, Executive Director of the Little Hoover Commission (LHC), who will bring us current on their activities. For those not aware, LHC is the closest thing to a state grand jury and we have made it a habit to have their directors join us every five years or so.

CGJA President Lou Panetta will update us on the state of the Association and other CGJA activities.  We will also be introduced to the newly elected CGJA officers and directors, and the winners of the Excellence in Reporting Awards.  We will then be led through an update to CGJA’s Grand Jury Awareness initiative, followed by a panel discussion. Finally, at our dinner on the evening of October 23, we will be introduced to the 2020 and 2021 Angelo Rolando Award recipients who were named during the 2020 and 2021 Annual Membership Meetings via Zoom during the pandemic. 

 The conference will reconvene at 9:00 AM on October 24, where we will be treated to a panel discussion on how former grand jurors can assist juries as volunteers – a new practice that we believe will grow.  Another informative panel will be led by the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee where we will hear of best practice ideas that can make our local chapters and associations more effective. We will hear updates from the Grand Jury Effectiveness Workgroup and the Diversity Study Workgroup, two newly-established groups.  Finally, there will be time for member comments, a Q&A session and closing remarks from our new CGJA President, who will be named at the conference.   


39th Annual 2022 CGJA Annual Conference

Celebrating Grand Jury Successes at the Local Level

Embassy Suites, San Rafael, California



                                                                                 You may register for the conference online here  -OR-  to register by mail or email click here.


Sunday, October 23, 2022
Novato/Larkspur/Corte Madera Conference Room

1:00 – 1:15 PM    Conference opens:  Pledge of Allegiance and opening remarks
        Lloyd Bell, Annual Conference Chair   

1:15 2:15PM:    Keynote Address:  Effective Grand Jury Reports
        Ethan Rarick, Executive Director, Little Hoover Commission

2:15 2:30PM:    CGJA President's Report on CGJA Activities and the State of the Association 
        Lou Panetta, CGJA President   

2:30 2:40 PM:    Election Results  
        Lou Panetta, Chair, Nominations-Elections Committee  

        Swearing in Officers and Directors    

2:40 3:10 PM:    Presentation of Excellence in Reporting Awards
        Barbara Sommer, Chair, Excellence in Reporting Subcommittee

3:10  3:25 PM:    Break

3:25 4:35 PM:    Panel Discussion: Stronger Grand Juries Through Building Awareness
        Juliana Jones, Chair, Public Relations Committee, Moderator
        Fran Block, San Joaquin County
        Jim Fiedler, Contra Costa County
        Hector Gonzalez, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of Tuolumne County
        Anne Granlund, Contra Costa County
        Karen Kindschi, Orange County

4:40 4:50 PM:    Grand Jury Effectiveness Workgroup Update
        Robert Finlayson, Chair

4:50 5:00 PM:    Diversity Study Workgroup Update
        Barbara Sommer, Chair

5:00 PM:    CGJA Annual Conference Recesses

6:30 – 9:30 PM:  CGJA Annual Conference Dinner - Mill Valley Room       

        Angelo Rolando Service Award presentation
        Joann Landi, Chair, Angelo Rolando Service Award Subcommittee

Monday, October 24, 2022
Novato/Larkspur/Corte Madera Conference Room

9:00 – 9:10 AM:      CGJA Annual Conference resumes 

9:10 10100 AM:    Panel Discussion: Grand Jury Volunteers
        Robert Finlayson, Contra Costa Chapter
        Charles Cerjan, Contra Costa Chapter
        Laura Griffin, Contra Costa Chapter
        Arthur Rolston, Santa Cruz Chapter

10:10 - 10:25 AM     Break

10:25 11:25 AM  Panel Discussion: Best Practices
        Carolyn Stinemates, Membership and Chapter Relations Committee, Moderator
        Ray Frisbie, Shasta County:  Shasta Personal Services Agreement
        Honorable Timothy Healy, Calaveras County Superior Court:  Court and Chapter Relations
        Henry Rible, CGJA Director:  CGJA Chapter Annual Filings   

11:25 - 11:45 AM: Member Comments and Q&A   

11:45 AM Noon:    Conference wrap up (Q & A) and closing remarks
        By newly-elected CGJA President


You may register for the conference online here  -OR-  to register by mail or email click here.


HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  The Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael Marin County is now accepting reservations for your attendance at the CGJA Annual Conference. Their street address is 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, California 94903.

You may make your hotel reservation in either of two ways:

Make your reservation online at,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Note: You may need to "edit your stay" to reserve the night(s) you wish to stay at the hotel


Call Hilton reservations at 1-800-686-3741, ask for reservations at the San Rafael, Marin County California facility, and ask for the California Grand Jurors' Association Conference discount (group code GJA).

The CGJA daily room rate is $164 for a standard two-room king suite.
There are a limited number of standard two-room double queen suites available for $164

Please Note: Sleeping rooms must be secured with a valid credit card along with a first night's deposit, which is refundable up to three days in advance of the event date

Reservations must be made by September 30, 2022 in order to receive the special CGJA room rate. Reservations made after that date will be subject to the prevailing hotel rates and room availability at the time of booking.

Parking options: Self-parking daily rate is $10.00.


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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