Meet CJ Mody

CJ Mody has been a deputy district attorney for 17 years, spending his first 2 years with the Riverside District Attorney’s Office and the last 15 with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.  He has spent the last 13 years with the Family Protection Division, prosecuting homicide, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and child pornography cases, and has been a supervisor for the last 5 years.

CJ immigrated to the United States from India with his family when he was 12 and has been a resident of San Diego ever since.  He attended The Bishop’s School and then the University of San Diego for both his undergraduate and law degrees.  CJ’s parents, small business owners in San Diego, moved because they wanted better educational opportunities for their children.  As children, we are often unaware of our parents’ hardships and struggles, but in hindsight the fortitude, dignity, and dedication with which CJ’s parents persevered formed the basis for his unyielding sense of ethics, integrity, and dedication to work and family.

Prior to attending law school, CJ worked as a teacher with the San Diego Juvenile Court and Community Schools.  He had a defining moment when he was assigned to teach at a residential program for abused children, where he became aware of the integral role the District Attorney’s Office plays in protecting and fighting for victims and realized the direction he wanted his career to take.

CJ has shown his commitment to serving the citizens of San Diego, beyond his dedication to public safety with the District Attorney’s Office, through his work within the community.  He has been involved with the San Diego Bar Association, was a member of the San Diego Lawyer Magazine’s editorial staff, has participated as an instructor and mentor through Project L.E.A.D. and other mentorship programs at local elementary schools, and has helped and mentored law students as they prepare to graduate and take the Bar Exam. 

As the chair of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team for the past 7 years, CJ has led a collaborative group of domestic violence partner agencies that review every domestic violence homicide within the County, in order to analyze and suggest policies that could help prevent such future tragedies.  CJ has also spent 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Albert Einstein Academies, helping to ensure that all children no matter their economic or social background have access to the first-class education they all deserve. 

CJ teaches prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates, both statewide and nationally, in the areas of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, evidence, and jury selection, is one of his Office’s foremost experts on firearms law, and taught American Government and Law at the University of Phoenix for 8 years.  He has also taught internationally at the AFECTO South American Child Abuse Conference in Bogota, Colombia for the past three years.  The AFECTO Conference brings together prosecutors, law enforcement, victim advocates, and medical professionals from throughout South America in order to help implement ‘best practice’ responses to child abuse within their legal systems.

As a prosecutor, CJ zealously advocates for victims and the safety of our community, realizing that a prosecutor’s primary responsibility is to ensure public safety by seeking justice within the law, not merely to convict.  He is ethical and fair, acts with integrity and judgement, and approaches every situation with an absolute respect for the Constitution and the rights of everyone involved in the criminal justice system. 

CJ is ready to continue his service and commitment to the citizens of San Diego County as a Superior Court Judge to help ensure that every citizen, no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or social status is not only held responsible for their individual actions, but has the opportunity to be heard and is afforded equal and impartial access to justice.

CJ and his wife Katalin, who works for a global medical technology company, live in La Jolla with their two daughters.

CJ Mody has been a deputy district attorney for 17 years, spending his first 2 years with the Riverside District Attorney’s Office and the last 15 with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.  He has spent the last 13 years with the Family Protection Division, prosecuting homicide, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and child pornography cases, and has been a supervisor for the last 5 years.

CJ immigrated to the United States from India with his family when he was 12 and has been a resident of San Diego ever since.  He attended The Bishop’s School and then the University of San Diego for both his undergraduate and law degrees.  CJ’s parents, small business owners in San Diego, moved because they wanted better educational opportunities for their children.  As children, we are often unaware of our parents’ hardships and struggles, but in hindsight the fortitude, dignity, and dedication with which CJ’s parents persevered formed the basis for his unyielding sense of ethics, integrity, and dedication to work and family.

Prior to attending law school, CJ worked as a teacher with the San Diego Juvenile Court and Community Schools.  He had a defining moment when he was assigned to teach at a residential program for abused children, where he became aware of the integral role the District Attorney’s Office plays in protecting and fighting for victims and realized the direction he wanted his career to take.

CJ has shown his commitment to serving the citizens of San Diego, beyond his dedication to public safety with the District Attorney’s Office, through his work within the community.  He has been involved with the San Diego Bar Association, was a member of the San Diego Lawyer Magazine’s editorial staff, has participated as an instructor and mentor through Project L.E.A.D. and other mentorship programs at local elementary schools, and has helped and mentored law students as they prepare to graduate and take the Bar Exam.

As the chair of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team for the past 7 years, CJ has led a collaborative group of domestic violence partner agencies that review every domestic violence homicide within the County, in order to analyze and suggest policies that could help prevent such future tragedies.  CJ has also spent 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Albert Einstein Academies, helping to ensure that all children no matter their economic or social background have access to the first-class education they all deserve.

CJ teaches prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates, both statewide and nationally, in the areas of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, evidence, and jury selection, is one of his Office’s foremost experts on firearms law, and taught American Government and Law at the University of Phoenix for 8 years.  He has also taught internationally at the AFECTO South American Child Abuse Conference in Bogota, Colombia for the past three years.  The AFECTO Conference brings together prosecutors, law enforcement, victim advocates, and medical professionals from throughout South America in order to help implement ‘best practice’ responses to child abuse within their legal systems.

As a prosecutor, CJ zealously advocates for victims and the safety of our community, realizing that a prosecutor’s primary responsibility is to ensure public safety by seeking justice within the law, not merely to convict.  He is ethical and fair, acts with integrity and judgement, and approaches every situation with an absolute respect for the Constitution and the rights of everyone involved in the criminal justice system.

CJ is ready to continue his service and commitment to the citizens of San Diego County as a Superior Court Judge to help ensure that every citizen, no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or social status is not only held responsible for their individual actions, but has the opportunity to be heard and is afforded equal and impartial access to justice.

CJ and his wife Katalin, who works for a global medical technology company, live in La Jolla with their two daughters.

The most sacred of the duties of a government is to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.

THOMAS JEFFERSON

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