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FDAP Board of Directors Search

FDAP is conducting an open search for multiple Board of Director positions to be filled in 2022. FDAP board members are actively involved in organizational governance, including oversight of the executive director, financial oversight, and ensuring that organizational programming and administration serve FDAP’s mission. Board members attend three regularly-scheduled board meetings annually and other meetings scheduled as necessary, participate in board committees, and review materials prepared for board meetings.

For more information about the Board and how to apply, please review the full announcement.

COVID-19 Information for FDAP Clients and Panel Attorneys

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the First District Appellate Project (FDAP) extends our best wishes to those stricken by the virus and all those impacted in other ways, including financial losses and job security.

Please visit our Pandemic 2021 information page and FAQs, where we share information about FDAP operations, Court operations, and try our best to answer any questions. Be sure to view the related FAQs.


First District Panel Victories

November 30, 2021


Panel Attorney: Carrie Kojimoto

[Published Opinion] In a case in which the juvenile court found a minor committed one count of reckless evasion of a peace officer (Veh. Code, § 2800.2, subdivision (a)), deadly weapon assault (Pen. Code, § 245(c)), and assault with force likely to produced great bodily injury (Pen. Code, § 245(a)(4)), the Court of Appeal held that the minor’s punishment for reckless evasion and one of the assault counts must be stayed under Penal Code section 654 because all of the counts were based on an indivisible course of conduct committed against the same victims. The Court also found that the juvenile court failed to designate the wobbler offenses as either felonies or misdemeanors. (Welf. and Inst. Code, § 702.)


Pathways to an Appellate Practice

Interested in becoming an appellate attorney? Visit our Pathways to an Appellate Practice section for details on

  • becoming a panel attorney;
  • FDAP’s Associate Staff Attorney Program; and
  • law student opportunities.