DA Speaker's Bureau
District Attorney Joyce Dudley, prosecutors, investigators and victim
advocate staff are available to speak to community groups on criminal
justice and crime victim issues of interest. Presentations
may focus on elder abuse, child abuse, cyber bullying, juvenile justice,
domestic violence, gang violence, workers’ compensation fraud,
identity theft, careers in the legal field for high school students
and other areas of concern and interest.
Below is a description of a few of the areas:
Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office provides in-depth
presentations on the impact of gang violence and the mechanics of
gang prosecutions throughout Santa Barbara County. During the
presentation, the Deputy District Attorneys from the office’s
gang unit discuss the formation and present structure of many criminal
street gangs currently operating in our county. The attorneys
provide valuable information on common habits, customs, symbols and
culture of criminal street gangs based on past prosecutorial experience.
Deputy District Attorneys will also discuss the current law as relates
to gang violence and how gang cases are handled in the judicial system. They
can provide insight as to what legal tools are available to law enforcement
and the local community to combat gang violence.
Are you concerned about ensuring the welfare of a dependent adult
or elder family member? Do you regularly have contact
with elders or dependent adults and want to be familiar with the
signs of abuse? Are you a mandatory reporter? The Deputy
District Attorneys in our Elder/Dependent Adult Unit receive special
training in the laws specific to crimes against these particularly
vulnerable members of our community.
We are available to speak
to your group or organization providing training in recognizing the
signs of physical abuse, protecting the financial assets of clients,
where to report suspected abuse, and how to gather the information
necessary to help law enforcement successfully prosecute an offender.
Sex offenders come from all walks of life, all professions, all
races, all levels of education and all socio-economic groups. Although
most people worry about "stranger danger" in reality sexual
assaults are more often committed by someone known to the victim.
This is especially true for offenses against children.
Deputy District Attorneys in our Sex Crimes Unit receive particularized
training helping them to understand the complexities of sexual offenses
and the offenders who commit them. Lawyers from the unit are
available to discuss important issues in this area including:
- Sex Offender Registration – Who has to register and for
how long? Are all registered sex offenders listed on the internet
site? Who is monitoring these offenders?
- Child Molestation – Recognize the “red flags” that
a child is being molested. Learn how to protect children
online. Identify “grooming” patterns by offenders.
- Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault – Ascertain vulnerable
populations. Review educational steps to prevent victimization. Know
what steps to take if an assault is committed.
Careers in the Legal Field (for high school students)
The presentation focuses on the value of education and the opportunities
that are available to people in the legal field. It is a 30-50 minute
PowerPoint presentation that is geared toward high school juniors/seniors.
I provided some history and perspectives on jurisprudence and the
many ways it impacts students' lives. The presentation also
illustrates the Wooden “Pyramid of Success” as a means
to motivate and persuade students to start a plan for success. The
presentation provides details on traditional legal jobs as well as
alternative legal careers that appeal to a wide range of students.
Overall, the presentation is intended to be instructional and motivational.
The presentation voices the District Attorney’s dedication
to the education and protection of the children in Santa Barbara
VW Advocates, Supervisor and Manager routinely conduct outreach
presentations. They are available to speak to community groups and
organizations who want to know about Victim’s Rights, Victim-Witness
Assistance Services, Crime Victim Compensation and related crime
prevention and intervention resources.
DA Speaker's Bureau Request
Please send us an
email with the
Your topics(s) of concern\interest:
|Drugs & Narcotics
||Driving Under the Influence
||Real Estate Fraud
|Careers in the Legal Field
||Any other area of Concern/Interest
Name of your organization
Type of Event
Legnth of Presentation (30-60 mins)
Name of Person requesting