CADC's 29th Annual Conference and Seminar


Join us virtually
Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2023


Only $69 for CADC members! $199 for non-members!**


**Link here to join or renew:

MCLE Credits: This activity provides a total of 8.0 hours of general MCLE; 8.0 hours of appellate specialization; 8.0 hours of criminal specialization; 1.0 hours of elimination of bias; 1.0 hour of competence; and 1.0 hours of ethics.

CADC certifies that this activity conforms to the standards of approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing Minimum Continuing Legal Education.


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.


(Registration Closed) CADC’s 29th Annual Conference & Seminar!

CADC’s third virtual conference will be held on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2023.  Registration has closed.

TO EVERYONE WHO REGISTERED FOR THE 2023 CADC CONFERENCE:  The conference information email was sent to all registered attendees at 8am on Thursday, March 16. If you did not receive the email, please be sure to check your Spam folder. If you do not see a copy of the email in your Spam folder either, please email and we will forward a copy of the conference information email to you directly. Thank you.

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 – California Appellate Project

Click HERE for the CAP – Appellate Attorney Job Announcement.

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.