About SDAP
SDAP is a law firm that does criminal and juvenile appeals for indigent clients in the San Jose area. We are not the court of appeal.

CADC Seminar March 22-23 in Los Angeles
Registration is now open for CADC's Annual Conference and Seminar at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. Justice Steven Z. Perren will give the keynote address Friday afternoon. The two-day conference will be filled with informative and inspiring presentations, including criminal and dependency break-out sessions, providng a total of up to 9.0 hours of MCLE credit. Both one- and two-day registrations are available.


Mandatory Form for Augment Motions
The Sixth District Court of Appeal requires the use of a form proposed order for all motions to augment the record. The pdf fillable proposed order must be used in civil appeals as well. Reportedly, there have been problems with how attorneys have filled out the form.



Panel Attorneys Should be Aware of New Laws
There have been a set of new laws that panel attorneys should be aware of. For example, Penal Code section 288a has been renumbered to be section 287, and new Penal Code section 490.4 can make some forms of shoplifing a felony. The changes potentially give rise to new claims that can be raised on appeal. Supplemental briefs, rehearing petitions, or review petitions might be necessary.


Patrick McKenna to be new Executive Director
The SDAP Board of Directors has selected Patrick McKenna to become the new Executive Director, effective July 2, 2019. He will be replacing Dallas Sacher, who is retiring from SDAP. McKenna began working as a Staff Attorney in June 2012 and has handled a full variety of cases, including felonies, delinquencies, dependencies, and mental health appeals.

New Claims Manual
The appellate projects have prepared a revised statewide Compensation Manual. Each district has unique protocols regarding certain matters. If you have a question about these matters (such as habeas practice or fees for experts), you should consult with the project for the court in question before accruing any attorney time or expenses. CCAP has volunteered to post updates to the manual available here.


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