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.


Wanted: SDAP Staff Attorney

SDAP is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in working as a full-time staff attorney. Employment will begin this summer. Like the rest of the SDAP staff, this position is subject to a hybrid work model, meaning that the employee must work at least two days per week (including Thursdays) at SDAP’s office; the remainder of the time, the employee can work remotely. Click here to read more on how to apply.

Winter 2022/2023 CalAppNews Available Now!

The Winter 2022/2023 CalAppNews is now available to view or download, featuring a preview of CADC’s 29th Annual Conference and Seminar to be held on March 17 & 18, 2023. Back issues of the CalAppNews are also available in our members’ section.

2022 Conference Materials Available!!

The conference materials for the 2022 CADC Conference – as well as those from prior conferences – are now available for download here (CADC members only).

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!!!

Employment Opportunities

Appellate Team Staff Attorney – Appellate Defenders, Inc.

ADI is hiring a full-time criminal law staff attorney. More information can be found at the ADI website.

LA County Superior Court seeks attorneys to represent indigent defendants in Appellate Division

The Los Angeles County Superior Court Appellate Division is looking for lawyers interested in joining the panel of appointed attorneys to represent indigent defendants appealing misdemeanor decisions.

To qualify for the panel, an attorney must be members in good standing of the California Bar, have a strong background in research and writing, have a thorough understanding of criminal law and procedure, be knowledgeable about the appeals process, including the California Rules of Court and the local rules of the Los Angeles County Superior Court governing misdemeanor appeals, and agree to abide by PACE policies and protocols.

Send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to:
Presiding Judge Patti Jo McKay, Appellate Division, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Room 607, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles. CA 90020 Attn: Aida (Evelyn) Vallejo.

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:

40% LEXIS discount

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