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 Brief Bank that covers a multitude of criminal and dependency issues, 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? Register as a new member.

Also, CADC now offers for its members an explanation of the current e-filing and e-submission practices of each District Court of Appeal. Be sure to check the link for the most recent information!

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, 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 22nd Annual Conference and Seminar will be held March 13 and 14 in Redondo Beach, at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina. Same dates, same schedule, and same lineup of speakers including our special guest speaker California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu. Only the location has changed. See the updated conference brochure (with the full schedule and lineup of speakers). Register for the conference, get more info, and make hotel reservations.


The CADC eFlyer for March 2015 is now available to read on the News and Events page.

40% LEXIS discount

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

2014 Conference Photos

2012-14 Conference Materials Available

The conference materials from 2012, 2013, and 2014 are now available for download here (for CADC members only).