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.


CAP-SF Opening for Legal Fellow (recent graduate)

California Appellate Project (CAP) in San Francisco is a non-profit corporation established by the State Bar of California in 1983 to implement the constitutional right to counsel for indigent persons facing execution on California’s Death Row. CAP has three primary functions: 1) assisting unrepresented condemned prisoners during their protracted wait for counsel; 2) assisting appointed counsel in state appellate and state habeas corpus proceedings; and 3) maintaining and developing case-specific documents, training materials and other resources to enhance the representation of appointed counsel.

CAP has received a two year award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions program. This grant will be used to launch the Unrepresented Los Angeles County Condemned Project. This project aims to screen and evaluate the capital convictions of a subset of individuals who were sentenced to death in Los Angeles County to identify likely cases of wrongful convictions. Of the 200-plus individuals sentenced to death in Los Angeles, roughly half have not yet received appointed state habeas counsel. Among this group, approximately 40 have completed the direct appeal process and thus are presently unrepresented. The majority of these individuals have been waiting more than twenty years for state habeas counsel to be appointed. This is the target population for this grant project.

Under the direct supervision of a CAP Staff Attorney, the Legal Fellow will review Los Angeles capital cases of unrepresented prisoners on death row for indicators of wrongful and unjust conviction. The Legal Fellow’s work involves direct work with individuals on death row whose cases are involved in the Project, case analysis and intensive document review in preparation for possible referral to an innocence project or similar agency for further investigation and litigation.

For a full job description, please click here.

This will be a hybrid in-person/remote position. Applicants must be available to start full-time work in February 2022. Applications are due on December 21, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and may be sent to



Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing uncertainty regarding its future course, the CADC Board, with the advice of the Conference Committee, has decided to hold its 28th Annual Conference and Seminar online on March 25 & 26, 2022.

While it is disappointing we will be unable to gather in person, we are confident our second virtual conference will be as interesting and timely as our 2021 Virtual Conference.

SO SAVE THE DATE! There’ll be much to learn and discover at our 2022 conference with the law evolving more quickly than ever!



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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Happy New Laws for 2021!

Garrick Byers has compiled a collection of cross-referenced new statutes affecting criminal and delinquency law, available on our Internet Resources page (members only). Important reading for the new year! (Thanks, Garrick!!!)

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.