Panel Alert: (1) the September 16 roundtable discussion with the appellate project directors, and (2) staff changes at FDAP.

September 11, 2020

Register for September 16, 2020, CADC Roundtable With Project Directors

In the spring, California Appellate Defense Counsel (CADC) usually holds an annual conference that includes a one-hour roundtable discussion with the appellate project directors. This year, CADC is presenting the roundtable in the fall and is opening it to all panel attorneys, regardless of whether they are members of CADC.

The discussion will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time. The project directors will provide an update on the state of appointed appellate practice. The program will qualify for one hour of general participatory MCLE credit.

You can register here in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.
Staff Changes at FDAP

It is a bittersweet time of transition at FDAP, with two staff attorneys moving on and two associate attorneys advancing to be staff attorneys.

For more than three decades, Staff Attorney Paula Rudman has been a stalwart advocate and a centerpiece of FDAP’s primary mission of training, mentoring, and developing countless panel attorneys. Paula, who retired last month, was one of FDAP’s founding staff attorneys. Before joining FDAP, Paula was a Vista volunteer, Director of the Legal Writing and Research Program at Berkeley Law, and a Supreme Court staff attorney. Her compassion for her clients and the support she provided to, and friendship she shared with, formerly-incarcerated Californians was a model for all. We will miss Paula and wish her the best in her retirement. Panel attorneys can contact Paula at

Staff Attorney Jamie Weyand is leaving FDAP for a tremendous opportunity. Most of Jamie’s career has been devoted to appellate practice, including time on the FDAP panel and, for the past two-and-a-half years, as a staff attorney here at FDAP. It is no surprise that Jamie’s next job will be as a Ninth Circuit Staff Attorney. The Court is lucky to have her and, while we will miss Jamie, we are grateful that her wizardly legal research, beautiful writing, and passion for social justice will have a presence in the federal courts.

We are also very pleased to announce that associate staff attorneys Deborah Rodriguez and Nathaniel Miller are advancing to full staff attorney positions, providing assistance in panel cases, continuing with their own caseloads, and also continuing with presenting at training events.

While in law school, Deborah Rodriguez was a member of the Women’s Law Journal and a nationally-ranked Moot Court team. She also represented an indigent noncitizen before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and interned with the Federal Public Defender. She began working as an associate attorney at FDAP in March 2018. Nathaniel Miller began his legal career clerking for a federal district court judge in San Francisco. He then worked as a deputy public defender, trying cases in San Francisco and Tulare Counties, before joining FDAP as an associate attorney in 2018.

All of us at FDAP extend our best wishes to Paula and Jamie in their new adventures, and we look forward to working with Nat and Deborah for years to come!