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Panel Alerts

March 13, 2023

FDAP Is Hiring – Staff Attorney Vacancy

Who Wants to Be an Appellate Project Staff Attorney?   The First District Appellate Project (FDAP) is hiring a full-time staff… more

March 8, 2023

Registration Open – FDAP Annual In-Person Seminar

FDAP’s Annual Seminar: Friday, April 14, 2023 – Register Now Registration is now open for the FDAP 2023 annual training seminar,… more


First District Panel Victories

March 10, 2023


Panel Attorney: Jason Szydlik

The Court of Appeal modified the probation condition requiring appellant to comply with an individualized substance abuse treatment plan as ordered by the probation department to clarify that his substance abuse treatment was to be on an outpatient basis. The Court further held that the judgment should be clarified to indicate that the restitution fine under Penal Code section 1202.4(b) was stayed based on appellant’s inability to pay under People v. Dueñas (2019) 30 Cal.App.5th 1157.


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

Pathways to an Appellate Practice

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  • becoming a panel attorney;
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  • law student opportunities.