CADC's 26th Annual Conference and Seminar

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Don't miss CADC's 26th annual conference and seminar, March 22 and 23th, 2019, at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton  near LAX!

We are offering a total of 9.0 hours MCLE, including special ethics and elimination of bias credits, for criminal and dependency attorneys. Two-day early registration (by March 8, 2019) 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 2019 conference for free). See Conference Brochure for additional details.

Criminal and dependency attendees can earn 3.0 MCLE credits on Friday, March 22, 2019.

This year we are very pleased to present an exciting keynote address by  Justice Steven Z. Perren, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal in Division 6 of the Second District Court of Appeal since 1999. Meet Justice Perren and hear his presentation "A View from the Bench" on Friday afternoon, March 22, 2019.

Also on Friday, March 22, 2019, Executive Director of the Alarcon Advocacy Center at Loyola Law School and Legal Director of Loyola's Project for the Innocent, Paula M. Mitchell, will share her insights on Appellate Counsel's Role in Tackling the Challenges to Post-Conviction Relief in Wrongful Conviction Cases.

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 Justice Perren's keynote address.

We will pack in 6.0 more hours of MCLE credits on Saturday, March 23, 2019, starting with a presentation on The Brief Writing Process: Zig Zag or Whirlybird by experienced appellate practitioners Susannah McNamara and Jeanine Strong , which will inspire and inform criminal and dependent practitioners alike.

Next, Dependency attorneys will hear Linda Conrad and Darlene Kelly speak on Filing a Habeas Petition for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in Dependency Proceedings, while criminal attorneys will listen to a sure to be lively presentation on Action Under the Big Top: Recent and Pending Criminal Cases in the U.S. and California Supreme Courts by veteran practitioners Candace Hale and George Schraer.

The final morning session for criminal practitioners will feature a presentation by trial litigator Todd Melnik on Perseverance Matters: A "Long Shot" Story.  Dependency attorneys will receive an update on ICWA: An Update on New Legislation and Caselaw by federal Indian and tribal law expert Joanne Willis Newton.

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, Sarah Ross and Scott Sanders will update and inform criminal attorneys on Fighting Pervasive Prosecutorial and Police Misconduct in Orange County, while Brian Okamoto and Rich Pfeiffer present on All in the Family: Relative Placement, Relatives' Appellate Rights, and How to Use These Tools to Help Parent Clients to the dependency group.

The penultimate session of the day will offer us three options for informing your appellate practice: (1) Tarik Adlai and Verna Wefald on Brady Violations on Appeal and Federal Habeas (criminal); (2) Leslie A. Barry and Nancy King on So You're New to Appointed Appeals: Common Issues (criminal and dependency); and (3) Aida Aslanian and Christopher Blake on Writing Effective Reply Briefs and Other Useful Steps Late in a Dependency Appeal (criminal).

Finally, we will end the day together in a joint session for dependency and criminal attorneys alike presented by LGBTQ Youth Advocate Currey Cook and attorney Mattheus Stephens on Dignity in the Justice System: The Treatment of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Clients.

Don't miss 9.0 MCLE credits; up to 9.0 hours appellate specialization (8.0 hours on the criminal track); 7.0 hours criminal specialization; and special ethics, and elimination of bias credits!

Sustaining members attend for free but must still register here.

Meals: Saturday lunch is included in the registration fee. Friday lunch is not included and requires pre-registration and payment by March 8, 2019, space permitting. You can select Friday lunch here. Friday dinner this year is on your own.

The Los Angeles Airport Hilton is offering a special CADC Conference rate of $131, plus tax, while conference rooms last. Rooms are limited - make your reservation today! Use our dedicated link or call (310) 410-4000 and mention CADC to get the conference rate.

The Los Angeles Airport Hilton offers free basic wifi, a free 24/7 shuttle to and from LAX, and multiple onsite restaurants. The hotel is located at 5711 W. Century Boulevard in Los Angeles, one mile from LAX, 21 miles from Long Beach Airport, and 30 miles from Hollywood Burbank Airport. The complimentary LAX shuttle runs every 20 to 30 minutes.

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

Membership Levels

  • Members new to CADC may join at $95 for their first year.
  • $180/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.