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.


Appeal 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

May 2, 2022

May 2022 Bulletin: FDAP’s Website

Here at FDAP, our goal is to make our website a go-to resource for everything related to First District appellate practice. We’d… more

April 8, 2022

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… more


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