CADC's 27th Annual Conference and Seminar

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Don't miss CADC's 27th annual conference and seminar, April 3 and 4, 2020, at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront near SFO!



We are offering a total of 9.5 hours MCLE,** including special elimination of bias, ethics, and competency credits, for criminal and dependency attorneys. Two-day early registration (by March 20, 2020) is $219 for members, $279 for non-members. One-day-only early registration is also available: $79 Friday-only registration for members, $109 for non-members. $189 Saturday-only registration for members, $239 for non-members. Non-members can join CADC and register at reduced member rates (or join as a sustaining member and attend the 2020 conference for free). See Conference Brochure for additional details.

Criminal and dependency attendees can earn 3.5 MCLE credits on Friday, April 3, 2020.

This year we are very pleased to present an exciting keynote address by  Judge Jeremy Fogel, Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute at Berkeley Law School and former United States District Court judge. Meet Judge Fogel and hear his presentation "Resilience in the Face of Emotionally Challenging Work" on Friday afternoon.

Also on Friday, Raj Jayadev, co-founder of Silicon Valley De-Bug, will share his insights on The "Participatory Defense" Model: Impacting the Outcome of Cases in the Court System.

CADC's Courts and Projects Liaison, Ed Haggerty, will moderate this year's Project Directors Roundtable, right after lunch with the CADC Board and the Project Directors (optional, $29 extra, please register ASAP and select Friday lunch to save your seat).

Join us for a no-host cocktail reception immediately after Judge Fogel's keynote address.

We will pack in 6.0 more hours of MCLE credits on Saturday, April 4, 2020, starting with a presentation on Understanding Our Clients' Mental Health by Steve Fama, staff attorney with the Prison Law Office since 1985. His work has included litigation in Coleman v. Newsom, a federal class action challenging the inadequate provision of mental health care in California's prisons. This presentation will inspire and inform criminal and dependency practitioners alike.

Next, Dependency attorneys will hear Amanda Sherwood speak on An Overview of WIC 361.5 Bypass, while criminal attorneys will listen to a presentation on SB 1437: Latest News and Best Practices by Kate Chatfield, lead drafter and organizer for SB 1437, and appellate practitioner Steve Schorr.

The final morning session for criminal practitioners will feature a presentation by veteran habeas practitioner Michael Satris on State Habeas: Procedures and Procedural Obstacles.  Dependency attorneys will hear a presentation on Imprisoned Parents by experienced dependency practitioners Christopher Blake and Linda Conrad.

Lunch follows, included in the conference registration fee, with a report from CADC's Lobbyist Ray Lebov, on various matters of interest to panel attorneys in the Judiciary and the Legislature.

Right after lunch, Guillermo "Willie" Bermudez, Marcia Bunney and David Kurtzman will upate and inform criminal attorneys on the parole process on From the Inside Looking Out: The Parole Process and How Appellate Attorneys Can Help, while Louise Collari will present on What's Reasonable About Those Services? A Look at How Reunification Should be Conducted to the dependency group.

The penultimate session of the day offers a presentation on Sex Crime Cases: Potential Issues on Appeal and Habeas by Bill Robinson, Assistant Director at SDAP, for criminal practitioners; and an hour of UCCJEA: Dependency Boot Camp with Pamela Tripp for the dependency crew.

Finally, we will end the day with a joint session for dependency and criminal attorneys alike presented by veteran state bar defense litigator Bill Balin on Competence and the Legalization of Marijuana: Can Lawyers Now Party Hearty?

Don't miss up to 9.5 MCLE credits including: up to 6.5 hours appellate specialization; 6.0 hours criminal specialization; and special credits in the elimination of bias, ethics, and competence categories!

Sustaining members attend for free but must still register here.

Meals: Saturday lunch is included in the registration fee (lunch options include salmon, petit filet with chimichuuri sauce, or curry roasted cauliflower). Friday lunch is not included and requires pre-registration and pre-payment, space permitting. You can select Friday lunch here. Friday dinner this year is on your own.

The Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront is offering a special CADC Conference rate of $129, plus tax, while conference rooms last. Rooms are limited - make your reservation today! Use our dedicated link or call (650) 340-8500 and mention CADC to get the conference rate.

The Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront offers free basic wifi, an onsite restaurant and lounge, a business center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool, and outdoor walking/jogging trails. The hotel is located at 600 Airport Boulevard in Burlingame, five (5) miles from SFO, and 18 miles from downtown San Francisco.

Space is limited so DON'T DELAY - REGISTER TODAY!

** 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.

Membership Levels

  • Members new to CADC may join at $95 for their first year.
  • $195/year for a regular membership.
  • $455/year for a sustaining membership. Sustaining Members provide a level of financial support to CADC over and above regular membership dues. Sustaining Members may attend the Annual Conference for free and are thanked in each issue of CalAppNews. Payment may be split into two payments of $230 each, with the second payment due at 6 months.
  • $35/year for retired members. A retired member is a person of an age eligible to receive social security who has been a CADC member for at least 5 years, is no longer accepting appointments from the projects, is no longer presently working on panel cases, who has received no income from the practice of law in the last 12 months, and does not anticipate receiving any compensation from the practice of law in the upcoming year.
  • Important Notice: As of 1/1/2017, 60% of your dues goes to the lobby fund.