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 and 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.

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The 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

April 7, 2021

The California Racial Justice Act Webinar: Understanding and Leveraging this Groundbreaking Legislative Reform on Appeal

In September 2020, Governor Newsom signed the California Racial Justice Act (RJA), a groundbreaking law designed to address rampant racial… more

March 10, 2021

Register for FDAP’s March 25, 2021, Training on Client Relationships and Communication

Looking to refresh and improve your client communication? Seeking ethics MCLE credit? Then join us March 25, 2021, at noon on… more


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