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.


SAVE THE DATE! 2015 CADC Conference

CADC's 22nd Annual Conference and Seminar will be held March 13-14, 2015 in Los Angeles, at the DoubleTree Los Angeles Downtown (formerly the New Otani and Kyoto Grand). We’re thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker on March 13 will be California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu. So put the conference on your calendar now! If it’s been a while since you've been to downtown LA, you might be surprised — the area has experienced a significant revitalization in the past few years, with many new restaurants, bars, and residences. The DoubleTree is convenient to LAX, Burbank Airport, and Union Station. CADC negotiated a block of rooms at a special rate, and if you like to really plan in advance you can make reservations at the group rate at this link. The Conference Committee is excited about the hotel, the keynote speaker, and the program we're working to put together. Please make plans to join us!


The CADC eFlyer for December 2014 is now available to read on the News and Events page.

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).

40% Lexis Discount

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