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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“CADC has long been an important liaison between its state-wide panel members, the projects and the court appointed counsel system. The appellate projects value CADC’s work in building a panel community to the mutual benefit of panel attorneys, the projects, and indigent parties.”
- Appellate Project Directors
“I have been practicing criminal appellate law since before Gutenberg invented movable type, and a member of CADC since shortly after its inception. CADC gives tremendous bang for the buck. Its seminars are excellent and informative. Its listserve provides quick insight from experienced and generous appellate practitioners. Its briefbank is an outstanding source of always helpful and sometimes brilliant briefing. Handling a criminal appeal without being a member of CADC is like skydiving without a parachute - you might survive the landing without it, but the landing is much more likely to be successful, and certainly less bumpy, with it.”
- George S.
“CADC has given me access to the expert opinions of fellow practitioners in the forum, excellent briefing upon which to springboard, and is the organization within which I’ve made lifelong friends. I’ve benefitted from agreements brokered with Lexis and I credit CADC with obtaining raises for panel attorneys. I love CADC.”
- Laurie W.
“CADC has been an incredible resource and is an essential tool for an effective criminal defense appellate practice. The forums are a consistent source of updates on the law, fresh angles on legal issues, and answers to my many questions. And I can't count the number of times I've relied on the brief bank to assist in the preparation of my briefs. Plus, given that so much of the work is solo work, it's been great to be part of a community with other practitioners. I am eternally grateful for all that CADC provides.”
- Brad Kaiserman
“Joining CADC was the best thing I’ve done in my 22 years of appellate practice. It is the smartest and most generous collection of lawyers I’ve ever encountered, and the assistance of the membership has been more precise than Witkin, more broadly focused than Lexis or Westlaw, and as intuitive as only real lawyers can be. CADC is an indispensable part of my practice.”
- Bart Scott