Panel Attorney Guide

Applying to the Panel

Due to the pandemic, FDAP caseload is down approximately one-third of normal. Accordingly, we are not currently adding many attorneys to the panel. Qualified attorneys will likely be wait-listed until caseload rebounds.

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Panel Attorney Policies & Procedures

Our panel attorney policies and procedures guide provides detailed information on the obligations of panel attorneys and the support and supervision provided by FDAP.


Appeals Checklist

The appeals checklist lists the steps that appellate counsel should generally follow. Counsel should review the checklist before each new case and refer to it throughout the appeal. The list is meant only as a general guide. Counsel will have to exercise independent judgment in every case.


Latest Panel Alerts

December 2, 2021

December Bulletin: Updates About Upcoming Trainings; 2022 Annual Seminar; Oral Argument Recordings; Reminder About New Legislation

Preparing and Presenting Simple Habeas Petitions To Supplement Related Claims Raised on Direct Appeal Habeas petitions can be intimidating, especially for those new… more

November 8, 2021

Upcoming Trainings: New Legislation Roundup; Preparing and Presenting Simple Habeas Petitions; Introduction to Capital Habeas Practice

End-of-Year Legislative Round Up Webinar: November 9, 2021, 12 to 1 p.m. In addition to SB 775, there was no… more


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