CADC's 24th Annual Conference and Seminar

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Registration for the 2017 CADC Conference in San Diego is now open! The conference will be on March 10 and 11, 2017 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The conference could sell out – space is limited. Register today to make sure you don't miss out!

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Conference highlights include:

Dynamic Speakers:

  • *** Featured keynote speaker: Hon. Kathryn M. Werdegar, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Justice Werdegar will briefly reflect on the changes she has witnessed during more than two decades of service on our state’s highest court. She will then respond to questions which attendees are encouraged to submit prior to the Conference.
  • Justice William W. Bedsworth of the Fourth Appellate District, Division Three. An award-winning writer, humorist and scholar, the respected jurist will share what he has learned about writing while convincing us judges actually are educable.
  • Imperial County Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Plourd. Formerly a criminal defense trial litigator and nationally prominent consultant on DNA and other forensic scientific evidence before ascending to the bench, Judge Plourd will examine the current state of forensic evidence.
  • Chuck Sevilla. The esteemed criminal defense attorney and author will precede Justice Werdegar on Friday with musings on “The Long Arc of Our Legal Universe” gleaned from his 40-plus years fighting for justice in California’s trial and appellate courts.
  • Fascinating and Informative Panels:

  • Protecting Civil Rights. Separate panels featuring noted criminal practitioners (Gene Iredale and Michael Merrinan) and dependency attorneys (Shawn A. McMillan and Donnie R. Cox) will discuss their experiences representing criminal defendants and parents and children, respectively, at breakout sessions held at staggered times to allow interested attendees to hear both presentations and earn one hour of MCLE special Elimination of Bias credit per session.
  • Insights for appellate lawyers on “Getting Effective Assistance from Trial Counsel.” Provided by Brooke A. Schafer, a prosecutor with the Office of Chief Trial Counsel of the California State Bar, Jane Gilbert, a supervisor with the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender and appellate attorneys Rebecca Jones and Pat Ford, the moderator of a special panel offering 1.5 hours of MCLE special Ethics credit.
  • The annual Project Directors Roundtable, returns to an hour and a half format, with a 45-minute question and answer session moderated by CADC's Courts and Projects Liaison Marcia Levine, followed by a 45-minute session which will allow time for Informal Breakout Discussions with Project Directors.
  • Practical Knowledge, Pointers and Practice Tips

  • Michelle Pena, an appellate attorney specializing in juvenile dependency, will conduct a joint criminal and dependency session on “State and Federal Legislative History Research.”
  • Dependency lawyers will learn “How to Obtain Mexican Jurisdiction Over a Child in the California Dependency System Through the UCCJEA” at a panel Featuring Adrian Martinez, senior counsel with the San Diego law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves, & Savitch and legal consultant for the Mexican Consulates in San Diego and Calexico, Alfonso Sepúlveda, a founding partner of the Mexican Law Firm SEPLAW Sepúlveda y Diaz Noriega, S.C. and specialist in complex cross-border litigation, and moderator Andrea St. Julian, appellate specialist and pro bono counsel.
  • Hear why “The Americans with Disabilities Act Really Does Apply to Juvenile Dependency Proceedings” from a panel featuring Appellate Defenders, Inc. panel attorney Rosemary Bishop, Michael Lombardi, a staff attorney at Disability Rights California in the San Diego Youth Practice Group, and dependency appeals attorney Matt Thue.
  • Explore the topics of “Relative Placement” with Seth Gorman, coauthor of the appeals and writs updates of the treatise: Handling Child Custody, Abuse and Adoption Cases, and William D. Caldwell, a specialist in juvenile dependency law, and the Indian Child Welfare Act with Joanne Willis Newton, who specializes in federal Indian law and tribal law.
  • For dates and times, see the 2017 Conference Brochure.

    Offering a total of 9 hours of MCLE credit, including 7 hours of appellate specialization, 3.5 hours of criminal specialization credit, 1.5 hours of special ethics and 1 hour of special elimination of bias credit for conferees attending the criminal breakout sessions OR 9.5 hours of MCLE credit, including 7 hours of appellate specialization and 1 hour of special elimination of bias credit for conferees attending the dependency breakout sessions.

    Parking: $12/overnight; $8/day for all attendees who book at the group rates.

    REGISTER NOW! Space is limited at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley and the conference could sell out too. This year CADC is again offering the option of one-day only registration. Register today to make sure you don't miss out!