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.


The County of Sonoma Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) seeks two attorneys to join their team!

Attorney I, II, & III – Law Enforcement Auditor
$8,465 – $13,004/Monthly*

The County of Sonoma Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) seeks two attorneys to join their team!

Starting salary up to $74.77/hour ($156,053/year) depending upon level, a cash allowance of $600/month, and an excellent total compensation package!*

Applicants with bilingual (English/Spanish)* skills are encouraged to apply.

IOLERO’s staff work diligently to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. With IOLERO’s high-profile focus on promoting greater transparency of law enforcement operations, these law enforcement auditor positions will play a key role in assessing and auditing public complaints and investigations related to law enforcement personnel misconduct.

Please note: Due to the nature of the case audit and legal work performed, the pre-employment requirements of these positions outlines that qualified candidates must have:  

  • Current active membership in the State Bar of California
  • A Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from an accredited U.S. law school
  • Experience working with individuals of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • The ability to successfully complete a thorough background investigation
  • Not been a sworn law enforcement officer within the last five years
  • Zero immediate family members (defined as spouse, child, sibling, parent) who are currently employed in sworn law enforcement positions


Depending upon experience, we are hiring attorneys at the I, II, or III levels. If you are interested in applying at the II and/or III levels of these opportunities, you must apply to the separate recruitments being conducted for those levels.

*Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit, or call 707-565-2331.

Apply by 10/18/21.

Direct Link:

The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and we are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.


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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The State Bar of California’s mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.


CCAP Staff Attorney Position Opportunity

Central California Appellate Program (CCAP) has a staff attorney position open for an attorney with a deep interest in criminal law and appellate practice.

The position offers an opportunity to work with a highly committed staff whose goal is to maintain and improve the quality of representation of indigent appellate representation by selecting, assisting, and training the panel of attorneys who provide the bulk of the direct representation in the Third and Fifth District Court of Appeal. The direct representation not handled by the panel is provided by CCAP staff attorneys. Our role also includes providing administrative assistance to both courts. Detailed information about our organization is available on our website:

Entry salary depends on experience. Excellent benefits package.

Please send two opening briefs or writs (or equivalent writing samples), a resume, and references no later than October 29, 2021. In your cover letter please describe your interest and qualifications for the staff attorney position (your practice areas, seminars attended, articles written, computer skills).

Submissions accepted by email:

Or by regular mail – please mark envelope “Confidential”:

Elizabeth Smutz
Panel Manager
Central California Appellate Program
2150 River Plaza Dr. Ste. 300
Sacramento, CA 95833

CCAP is an equal opportunity employer.


San Francisco Public Defender Attorney Job Announcement

Criminal Defense Attorney

The Public Defender’s office provides legal representation to persons charged with a crime in San Francisco who do not have the financial means to retain their own counsel. Each year, the office serves approximately 20,000 people. Over 70% of our clients are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC).

Individuals who wish to express an interest in this position are encouraged to follow the steps described in the following flyer:

SF Public Defenders Office-Attorney Vacancy

This invitation will remain open until a sufficient pool has been attained. The earliest it may close is September 30, 2021.


Contra Costa County Public Defender Job Announcement

Public Defender

Application deadline: Open until filled.
First resume review: Friday, October 1, 2021.

San Francisco Bay Area living. A challenging and fulfilling work environment. A highly responsible role in one of California’s largest counties. This is your opportunity to shape the future of criminal justice and make a difference at the highest levels.

As the Department Head, the Public Defender is the executive leader and senior attorney responsible for the development, administration, and direction of the County’s program for legal defense of indigent criminal defendants. The Public Defender’s Office employs 145 full time staff members dedicated to carry out the department’s mission to ensure justice for indigent persons accused of crimes in Contra Costa County. The County is looking for an innovative perspective and proven leadership in this role. The next Public Defender must prioritize engagement with other stakeholders and recognize the mutual interdependence of public safety and judicial agencies, build meaningful relationships with peers, and strive to find collaborative, mutually beneficial solutions to county-wide problems. This position is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and is the primary advisor to the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors on issues relating to the Office.

To view additional qualifications and submit your resume, cover letter, and a list of six work-related references (two supervisors, two direct reports and two colleagues) please go to our website:

For more information contact:

Andrew Nelson
CPS HR Consulting
(916) 471-3329

To view an online brochure for this position visit:
Contra Costa County – Public Defenders website:


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.