The Mission of CADC

CADC's mission is to improve the professional lives of appointed appellate and post-conviction counsel and to promote the fair administration of justice. In addition, CADC lobbies for our membership's interest at legislative and administrative levels.

CADC Benefits

With the resources offered in this site, CADC members can discuss legal issues with each other, access a state of the art Brief Bank containing 1780 briefs by 148 authors, and obtain news and information of interest to appellate attorneys. Over 400 appellate attorneys have now joined California Appellate Defense Counsel. Not yet a member? Join now!

Members receive a regular newsletter and monthly eNewsletter, MCLE credits for programs in appellate, criminal and dependency law, access to the member-only areas of this site, an informational guide for newer panel attorneys, and ability to apply for coverage under a special group malpractice insurance policy which is geared for attorneys who accept court appointed criminal and dependency appeals. Read more about our benefits.



CADC's conference information page is now online. The 2016 Conference Brochure is available and registration is open now! Optional one-day only registration is available.

Use our San Jose Hilton conference link to get a discounted rate, while room supply lasts.

This year's conference kicks off with Coffee with SDAP at their new office in downtown San Jose. Sign up on the registration page.


Sixth District TrueFiling Info

Information on the Sixth Appellate District's new rule on the electronic filing of documents ("TrueFiling"), which takes effect January 2016, is available on our Resources page.

Cal App News Available Now!

The CalAppNews Winter 2015 Newsletter is now available to view or download. The season's newsletter contains an extensive 2016 Conference Preview and articles on CADC's trial counsel outreach program, Proposition 47, the abuse of discretion standard, a CADC Superhero, and much more - don't miss it! Back issues are also available in our members' section...these older issues are a great resource for practice articles and more!

NEW! Guide for New Panel Members

CADC's informational guide for newer panel attorneys is available to CADC members now!

2012-15 Conference Materials Available

The conference materials from 2012-2015 are now available for download here (for CADC members only).

40% LEXIS discount

CADC and Lexis have negotiated a 40% Lexis discount on three different plans for CADC members.