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.


SDAP Seminar coming May 5

The SDAP Seminar will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 in San Francisco. Supreme Court Justice Goodwin H. Liu will speak. For more information and to register go to SDAP’s seminar page

2017 CADC Officers

The new slate of CADC officers for 2017 is:
  • President, Jeralyn Keller
  • Vice Presidents, Tonja Torres and Nancy Brandt
  • Treasurer, Christopher Nalls
  • Secretary, Steven Schorr
  • Past President, Meredith Fahn
  • Webmaster, Eileen Manning-Villar
  • Newsletter Editor, Randi Covin
  • MCLE Coordinator, Nancy King
  • Congratulations to all!

    New Laws for 2017

    Garrick Byers has compiled a collection of cross-referenced new statutes affecting criminal and delinquency law, available on our Internet Resources page (members only). Important reading for the new year! (Thanks, Garrick.)

    Questions about Prop. 57?

    Check out CADC's Resources page for materials analyzing Proposition 57 (for members only).

    Winter 2016 Cal App News Available Now!

    The CalAppNews Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available to view or download. This issue covers a 2017 CADC conference preview, CACJ appellate seminar report, Prop 66 update, hidden resources, Kyle Gee's appellate advocacy philosophy and 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!

    2012-16 Conference Materials Available

    The conference materials from 2012-2016 are now available for download here (for CADC members only).

    Fourth District TrueFiling Info

    Information on the Fourth Appellate District's new procedures for the electronic filing of documents ("TrueFiling"), which take effect April 2016 in Division One and thereafter in Divisions Two and Three, is available through ADI's website.

    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.

    40% LEXIS discount

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