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.


Registration is now open for CADC’s 28th Annual Conference and Seminar!

The conference will be held virtually on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 2022.

For more details and to register, please go to


Happy New Laws for 2022!

Garrick Byers has compiled the most important new statutes, rules, and forms for California Criminal Law for the year 2022, as well as provided a PowerPoint of New Statutes, Rules and Forms for 2022. Both can be found on our Internet Resources page (members only).

Important reading for the new year!

Thank you, Garrick!!!

IMPROVING INDIGENT DEFENSE – Strategies and Tactics for Defense Attorneys

Office of the State Public Defender’s (OSPD) Indigent Defense Improvement Division is excited to present training on new legislation impacting criminal justice for indigent defendants.

January 2022 Trainings (all trainings at Noon unless otherwise indicated)

1/7/22: A trial lawyer’s role in preparing clients and cases for youthful offender parole [Franklin Packets and PC 3051], with Heidi Rummel, Clinical Professor Of Law And Director, Post-Conviction Justice Project at USC. Zoom Registration Link

1/13/22: First Amendment rights and racism in criminal cases involving rap lyrics. Protecting artists from having their lyrics used against them in court, with Jack Lerner, Clinical Professor and Director, Intellectual Property, Arts, And  Technology Clinic, UC Irvine. Zoom Registration Link

1/28/22: Reading, Understanding, And Using Your Client’s C-File to Best Advocate at A Resentencing Hearing, With Susan Champion, Deputy Director, Three Strikes Project at Stanford. Zoom Registration Link

California Paraprofessional Program Working Group (CPPWG)

Public Comment Sought on California Paraprofessional Program Recommendations

The State Bar seeks public comment on recommendations for the implementation of a paraprofessional licensing program, including Proposed Paraprofessional Rules of Professional Conduct and Proposed Standards for Licensed Paraprofessional Sanctions for Professional Misconduct.

110-day public comment period ends January 12, 2022

Please refer to the public comment notice for background information and instructions for how to submit a comment.

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Winter 2020/2021 Cal App News Available Now!

The CalAppNews Winter 2020/2021 Newsletter is now available to view or download. Be the first of your colleagues to check out the comprehensive preview of the CADC Conference!! Back issues are also available in our members’ section.

Recording of the 2020 CADC Project Directors’ Roundtable Now Available to Defenders

CADC’s forced entry into 21st Century technology continued this month with our hosting of the Executive Directors and representatives from each of the five appellate projects for our first-ever online CADC Project Directors’ Roundtable held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

For defense attorneys who were not able to attend it live, we are providing this LINK where the recording can be viewed free of charge. You do not need to be a member of CADC to view it, but you do need to register, provide your state bar number, and certify that you are not a member of a prosecutorial agency or an employee of the courts. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join. Please submit any questions to:

2019 Conference Materials Available!!

The conference materials for the 2019 CADC Conference as well as those from 2012-2018 are now available for download here (for CADC members only).

40% LEXIS discount

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