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Panel Alerts

November 30, 2022

December 2022 Panel Bulletin

Read on for important information about the interim claims policy, California Supreme Court news, the FDAP training video library, upcoming… more

November 2, 2022

November 2022 Panel Bulletin

Read on for news about pending review grants related to recent legislation, important upcoming dependency oral arguments, a summary of changes… more


First District Panel Victories

November 23, 2022


Panel Attorney: Jamie Moran

In an appeal from a WIC 366.26 hearing, the Court found the Agency erred when in failed to inquire of minor’s adult half-siblings and paternal uncles regarding any possible Indian ancestry. The error was not harmless. The juvenile court’s finding that ICWA does not apply was conditionally reversed and remanded for compliance with the inquiry and documentation provisions as to father’s family.


Mat Zwerling – in memoriam

Matthew (Mat) Zwerling, co-founder of the First District Appellate Project (FDAP) and Executive Director for many years, passed away on March 24, 2022, after a long illness. We are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, and take this time to reflect on Mat’s life and the difference he made in the lives of so many. Mat was a mensch, a mentor, an activist, and a man of many and varied interests and talents.

Please visit our remembrance page and join us in celebrating Mat's life

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