CADC Annual Conference


Register now for
CADC's 30th Annual Conference and Seminar

Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2024

9 hours total MCLE
9 hours appellate specialization
9 hours criminal specialization
2 hours ethics
1 hour recognition of bias
1 hour competence


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Friday, March 22, 2024

♦ 10:00 - 11:30 - Annual Membership Meeting; CADC Awards; Report from/Q&A with CADC’s lobbyist Ray Lebov (non-MCLE)

♦ 12:00 - 1:00 - Project Directors Roundtable moderated by CADC President and Court & Projects Liaison Ed Haggerty

1:15 - 2:15 -

CRIMINAL:  Select Topics in Penal Code Section 1172.6 Cases - Jennifer Peabody (CAP-LA)

DEPENDENCY:  Domestic Violence in the Dependency & Family Courts: Bridging the Gaps and Understanding Connections In Advocacy and Representation - Arati Vasan (Family Violence Appellate Project)

2:30 - 3:30 - CARE Courts and the Expanding Net of Civil Commitment - Paul Kraus, Audrey Day, and Jean Matulis - 1 hour ethics

3:45 - 4:45 - Keynote Address:  The Significant Role of the Appointed Counsel Program in the Appellate Justice System, featuring the Honorable Brad R. Hill, Administrative Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District

Saturday, March 23, 2024

9:00 - 10:00 -

CRIMINAL:  The Racial Justice Act: Practical Considerations on Appeal - Anna L. Stuart (SDAP)
1 hour elimination of bias

DEPENDENCY:  Expanding the Record – Letters of Correction to Settled Statements & Beyond - Christopher Blake

(Note: while this is geared to dependency cases, it may be useful for practitioners new to the criminal and mental health panels and to appellate law in general as the methods for expanding the record are largely the same for all appeals and criminal practitioners are welcome.)

♦ 10:15 - 11:15 -

CRIMINALIn It for the Long-Term: Juvenile Delinquency Litigation in the Post-Realignment Era - Richard Braucher (FDAP)

DEPENDENCYCivil Rights Litigation Against Child Welfare Workers and Child Welfare Agencies - Robert Powell - 1 hour ethics

11:30 - 12:30 -  Workload in a Post-COVID World, Preventing Burnout - Candace Hale, Meredith Fahn, Art Martin, and Leslie Barry -  1 hour competence

*12:30-1:15* Special Lunch Social Zoom rooms, for both Criminal and Dependency, to virtually visit and catch up with your colleagues.

1:15 - 2:15 -

CRIMINAL:  2024 New Laws You Should Know About - Garrick Byers

DEPENDENCY:  Michael G. and AB 937 - Brian Okamoto (Orange County Public Defender)

♦ 2:30 - 3:30 - Leslie Van Houten: Overcoming the Governor's "Lack of Insight" Justification for Serial Parole Reversals - Nancy Tetreault


CADC members: $79

CADC sustaining members & presenters: free (must register using the "Sustaining Member" option)

Non-members: $199

If you've never been a member of CADC, you can join, pay the member price for the conference, and save $25!

MCLE Credits: This activity provides a total of 9.0 hours of general MCLE; 9.0 hours of appellate specialization; 9.0 hours of criminal specialization; 2.0 hours of ethics, 1.0 hour of recognition of bias, and 1.0 hour of competence.

** CADC certifies that this activity conforms to the standards of approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing Minimum Continuing Legal Education.