CADC's 25th Annual Conference and Seminar

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Don't miss CADC's 25th annual conference and seminar, March 23 and 24th, 2018, at the SFO Bayfront Hilton  in Burlingame!



Due to a conflict in the hotel’s schedule, our Saturday afternoon sessions will have to be moved up by half an hour. Lunch will end at 1:30 p.m. (instead of 2:00 p.m.) and the first afternoon session will begin at 1:40 p.m. (instead of 2:10 p.m.):

1:40-2:40 p.m.:

Current Issues in Gang Cases (Criminal) - Lori Quick

Domestic Violence in Dependency Cases: Caselaw and Best Practices  (Dependency) - Hon. Leonard Edwards (Ret.), Anya Emerson

2:50-3:50 p.m.:

Essentials of Oral Argument (primarily Criminal) - Cliff Gardner

Reasonable Efforts: Using the Child Welfare Agency’s Efforts (and Lack of Efforts) to Assist Your Client - Mara Bernstein (Dependency)

4:00-5:00 p.m.:

Advancing the Human Rights of Disabled Clients Through Litigation and Other Systems-Reform Strategies (Dependency and Criminal) - Colette Hughes, Jean Matulis


We are offering a total of 9.5 hours MCLE, including special ethics, competency and elimination of bias credits, for criminal and dependency attorneys. Two-day early registration (by March 8, 2018) is $199 for members, $239 for non-members. One-day-only early registration is also available: $69 Friday-only registration for members, $89 for non-members. $169 Saturday-only registration for members, $209 for non-members. Non-members can join CADC and register at reduced member rates (or join as a sustaining member and attend the 2018 conference for free). See Conference Brochure for additional details.

Criminal and dependency attendees can earn 3.5 MCLE credits on Friday, March 23, 2018, including one special ethics credit and one special elimination of bias credit.

This year we are very pleased to present an exciting keynote address by U.C. Berkeley, Boalt School of Law Professor Avani Mehta Sood, an attorney and psychologist, on Psychological Constructions of Facts and Law: Risks of Motivated Cognition, Misunderstanding, and Bias in Legal Decision-Making. Read more about Professor Sood's fascinating work, relevant to both criminal and dependency attorneys, in the Summer 2017 issue of the Cal.App.News, p. 3 or visit Professor Sood's web page. Meet Professor Sood and hear her talk on Friday afternoon, March 23, 2018.

Also on Friday, March 23, 2018, veteran criminal and dependency lawyers, Candace Hale and CCAP Staff Attorney Hassan Gorguinpour, will share their insights for Easing a Hard Road: Steps to a Better Criminal or Dependency Appellate Practice.

CADC's new 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 to save your seat).

Join us for a no-host cocktail reception immediately after Professor Sood's keynote address. If you would like to join us for Friday dinner at the SFO Bayfront Hilton ($49 extra), please be sure to register, select Friday dinner and choose your entree (Roasted Chicken, Cajun Salmon, or Grilled Portabello Mushroom). Space is limited so sign up for dinner as soon as possible to guarantee a seat. Or have dinner on your own and meet us back at the SFO Bayfront Hilton for our After Hours Cafe.

We will pack in 6 more MCLE credits on Saturday, March 24, 2018, starting on the criminal side with former Placer County judge and widely recognized expert on California sentencing laws, the Honorable J. Richard Couzens (Ret.) and his Review of Appellate Sentencing Issues Under the Propositions.

Dependency attorneys will start the day Saturday, March 24, 2018, with veterans Nancy Brucker and SDAP Staff Attorney Patrick McKenna on The Implications of In re R.T.

Next, dependency attorneys will hear veteran appellate attorney Jan Sherwood on Establishing Parentage, while criminal attorneys will listen to FDAP Assistant Director J. Bradley O'Connell on Tips for Persuasive Brief-Writing.

The final morning session will bring criminal and dependency attorneys together for an informative joint session by attorney Kathy Brady from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center  on Immigration 101: The Nexus Between Immigration Law and Your Appellate Clients. This session is specifically focused on immigration issues we might face in dependency and criminal appeals.

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, SDAP Staff Attorney Lori Quick will update criminal attorneys on Current Issues in Gang Cases, while Anya Emerson talks about Domestic Violence in Dependency Cases.

Then Mara Bernstein will tell dependency attorneys about Reasonable Efforts while Cliff Gardner talks about the Essentials of Oral Argument.

Finally, we will end the day together in a joint session for dependency and criminal attorneys by Golden Gate Law School Professor Mort Cohen and attorney Colette Hughes on Advancing the Human Rights of Disabled Clients.

Don't miss 9.5 MCLE credits; 9.5 hours appellate specialization; 5 hours criminal specialization; and special ethics, competence, 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 and dinner are not included and require pre-registration and payment by March 8, 2018, space permitting. You can select Friday lunch and/or Friday dinner here.

The SFO Bayfront Hilton is offering a special CADC Conference rate of $159, plus tax, available until March 8, 2017, 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. You can also upgrade to a bay view room.

The SFO Bayfront Hilton offers beautiful bay views, free basic wifi, free daytime parking for conference attendees ($5 overnight), a free shuttle to and from SFO and BART, an onsite restaurant and lounge, a business center, a state of the art fitness center, an indoor pool, and outdoor walking and jogging trails. Just 5 miles from SFO and 18 miles from downtown San Francisco!

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.

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