About Us

FDAP History & Mission

The First District Appellate Project (FDAP) is a non-profit law office created in 1985 through a partnership with the California Court of Appeal – First Appellate District, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Administrative Office of the Courts. In the decades that followed, FDAP has grown to a staff of over 20 and a panel of approximately 290 attorneys.

FDAP’s mission is to ensure quality representation of indigent parties in criminal, delinquency, dependency, and mental health appeals in the First Appellate District and in the California Supreme Court. FDAP carries out that mission by recruiting and training panel attorneys, matching panel attorneys to cases ensuring the client is represented by an attorney with the skills and expertise appropriate for the case, providing training and resource materials to the panel attorneys, and providing panel attorneys with direct assistance in their cases. FDAP staff attorneys also provide direct representation to clients in some cases.

FDAP’s office is in Oakland, California.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At FDAP, our core values include diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We seek equal participation and the elimination of bias in the legal profession and justice system, and we are working toward increased diversity of the FDAP panel and staff.

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Staff & Board of Directors

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Staff

Board of Directors

Jobs at FDAP

The application period for 2020 associate staff attorney positions has closed. Associate Staff Attorneys work for two years in the FDAP office, immersed in indigent appellate practice.

We do keep applications on file, so feel free to send a cover letter, résumé, and—for attorney positions—legal writing samples to jobs@fdap.org.

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Pathways to an Appellate Practice

Interested in becoming an appellate attorney? Visit our Pathways to an Appellate Practice section for details on

-becoming a panel attorney;

-FDAP’s Associate Staff Attorney Program; and

-law student opportunities.

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