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.


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.

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!!!)

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:

The 2021 Conference is Going Virtual!

In light of on-going developments with COVID-19, the CADC Board of Directors and Conference Committee have decided to move our 2021 Annual Conference to a fully online virtual experience to take place in Spring, 2021.  We believe this is the safest approach for the well-being of our members and volunteers.  Plans are unfolding and we will be making an announcement soon about the conference dates and curriculum – so watch this space!

In the meantime, our new MCLE Committee will present regular one-hour programs throughout the year. Because these hour-long programs are available only to CADC members, we encourage you to keep your membership up-to-date.  Check your email and the CADC E-flyer for specific program announcements!

2020 CADC Conference Has Been Cancelled

A Message from CADC President Tonja Torres

CADC’s Conference Committee, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee have been closely monitoring the situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The WHO, State and local authorities have issued detailed recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  These include a recommendation that entities suspend nonessential travel and minimize or cancel large in-person meetings and conferences.

The health and well-being of CADC’s members, conference speakers, attendees, and their families are of the utmost importance to CADC’s Board and Officers.  After examining various possibilities, it has become apparent that we have no option but to follow these recommendations and cancel CADC’s 2020 Conference.

We take this action with a very heavy heart, as we all look forward to this annual opportunity to visit with new and old friends, and learn together how best to represent our clients.  We thank all of you who agreed to speak at the conference, those who registered to attend, as well as our sponsors.

I also want to personally thank the Conference Co-Chairs, Bart Scott, Heather Shallenberger, and Nic Mazanec, along with the entire Conference Committee who have worked tirelessly over the past year to plan an incredible line-up of speakers in a beautiful and convenient setting.

Please know you will receive a full and complete refund of any registration fees for the Conference as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you when circumstances permit at your local CADC Chapter, in the online forums, and next year for the 2021 Annual CADC Conference.

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.

TrueFiling 3.0 Rollout

This website provides information about the TrueFiling 3.0 rollout for filers of the California Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court. Below is a schedule of the transition to the TrueFiling 3.0 platform. **1st District – 2/23/2019 **6th District – 3/2/2019 **3rd District – 5/24/2019 **5th District – 6/7/2019 4th District, Division 1 – 6/22/2019 4th District, Division 2 – 6/22/2019 4th District, Division 3 – 6/22/2019 2nd District – 7/13/2019 California State Supreme Court – 7/27/2019 **court is live For more information, link to: