CADC Member Benefits

CADC is dedicated to improving appellate advocacy in criminal and dependency cases, and improving the lives of counsel representing indigent parties on appeal. Over 400 panel attorneys belong to CADC, and in this era of budget constraints your membership allows your voice to be heard. CADC represents the interests of panel attorneys before the Legislature and the JCC. CADC has lobbied on issues of compensation, appellate policy, and projects and works to improve relations with the projects.

Essential Information

  • CADC maintains a Web site with a members-only Brief Bank of more than 4,000 legal arguments. Browse the vast collection of briefs in our Brief Bank in an easy to navigate hierarchical structure.
  • Search the Brief Bank with the latest search engine technology ever provided in the online legal arena.
  • CADC maintains an Internet discussion forum where members communicate on issues of criminal law, dependency law, technical and computer matters, and appellate practice in general. CADC hosts MCLE events both locally and statewide.
  • CADC provides members with an Informational Guide for Newer Panel Attorneys.
  • CADC publishes a quarterly newsletter on issues of interest to members, as well as a monthly email news flyer announcing local chapter meetings and late-breaking appellate news.
  • CADC provides members-only access to affordable legal malpractice insurance for appellate criminal defense and dependency counsel, covering non-appointed legal services. In connection with Complete Equity Markets (CEM), CADC is offering its members a special deal on a custom-tailored malpractice insurance policy. This policy is relatively inexpensive and is geared toward CADC members who handle some privately-retained cases in addition to their court-appointed appeals.
  • CADC also provides a network of experienced appellate attorneys, an invaluable resource for the sole practitioner.

What are the benefits of being a CADC member?

With the resources offered on this website, CADC members can discuss legal issues with each other, access a state of the art Brief Bank containing 4000 briefs by 225 authors, and obtain news and information of interest to appellate attorneys.

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Members-only Brief Bank

As a CADC member you have the opportunity to draw from a criminal and dependency briefbank containing the work of some of the best practitioners in the state. The briefbank currently contains over 4000 briefs, motions and sample documents by 225 authors.

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Whatever questions or situations you may encounter in your practice, as a CADC member you can draw on the input and experience of your colleagues in the Forums on issues of criminal law, dependency law, technical and computer matters, appellate practice, and more.

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CADC Officers, Directors, Committees & Special Roles

View of a list of CADC contacts, including officers, directors, committee members, and other special roles.

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Local Chapters

CADC has a number of local chapters who meet both in person and online, providing more frequent opportunities for meetings with other appellate practitioners, either informally or for MCLE credit.

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CADC holds webinars providing MCLE credit which are free to attend and are only available to members.

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Access to Conference Materials

View materials from all past CADC annual conferences.

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Monthly E-Flyer

With latest appellate news, announcements from the courts and projects, upcoming events/MCLE, CADC membership news, and more.

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CADC's Quarterly Newsletter.

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Summary of New Laws

View a summary of new laws from Garrick Byers, as well as an archive from past years.

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Group Malpractice Insurance

As a member, you can apply for coverage under a special group malpractice insurance policy which is geared for attorneys who accept court appointed criminal and dependency appeals.

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Lexis Discount

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

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Resources for Appellate Practitioners

Courts and cases, e-service information, and other useful resources.

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