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.


Register Now for CADC’s 29th Annual Conference & Seminar!

Registration to join us at our third virtual conference on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2023.  Conference registration closes Tuesday, March 14 at 11:59 p.m.  Don’t delay and register today!

Attendance can earn you up to 8 hours total MCLE with 1 hours elimination of bias, 1 hour competence, and 1 hour ethics.

Registration is only $69 for CADC members! (Link here to join or renew: [current members, please be sure to log into your membership profile before renewing].) For more information, please see our conference registration page.

Summer 2022 CalAppNews Available Now!

The Summer 2022 CalAppNews is now available to view or download, featuring a comprehensive review of CADC’s 28th Annual Conference and Seminar which was held on March 25 & 26, 2022. 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!!!

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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.