United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

CJA Panel Membership & ADP Mentor Program

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2014 IS NOW OPEN.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: April 18, 2014

FORMS

  1. Instructions (PDF document containing the instructions on this page)
  2. Trial Panel Application (Word)
  3. Trial Panel Application (WordPerfect)
  4. Appellate Panel Application (Word)
  5. Appellate Panel Application (WordPerfect)
  6. Attorney Development Program Mentor Application (Word)
  7. Attorney Development Program Mentor Application (WordPerfect)
  8. CJA Application (Trial & Appellate) Attachment A
  9. Attorney Development Program Mentor Application Attachment A

INSTRUCTIONS

Overview

1. Please note that only digital applications submitted in conformance with these instructions will be accepted. Because E-filing is an essential part of federal practice, the accuracy of this digital submission will be one factor considered in the review of your CJA application.

2. There are five parts to this CJA application:

     a.  The basic information applicants will provide on the “123 Contact” website listed below (self-explanatory)

     b.  The “Main” application, that reports your experience and background (the Word or Wordperfect application, that applicants must complete.)

     c.  Attachment A: CJA acknowledgement forms

     d.  Attachment B: A brief writing sample

     e.  Attachment C: Any Supplemental information

Main Application

3. Download the appropriate Trial, Appellate, or Mentor/ADP application and save it to the hard drive of your computer. You may use either the Word or Wordperfect versions: they are identical.

4. Rename this application file, “Last name, First Name.” For example, “Kalar, Steven” or “Waters, Cari.”

5. Insert a plain face sheet as the first page, containing only your last name, first name, and employer or employment status. This should be centered on the page and in size 40 font.

6. Be sure to indicate the panel(s) to which you are applying by placing an “X” in the appropriate box(es) on the face page of the application.

7. Submit this completed main application on the 123 Contact Web site (listed below) in its original Word or Wordperfect format – do not convert to pdf.

     a.  (Note that Mac / iOS / Apple wordprocessing files cannot be accepted: please convert the main application to a Windows / PC format if working on an Apple device, or submit as a pdf).

Attachment A: Acknowledgement Forms

8. In addition to this main application, you must print, fill out, and submit the four documents contained in Attachment A. Once you have completed these forms, please scan all pages into one PDF file named “Last Name, First Name, Attachment A.”

9. You will be submitting Attachment A electronically with the rest of your application.

Attachment B: Writing Sample

10. You must also submit a recent brief or memorandum of points and authorities with your application and Attachment A. Please do not exceed 15 pages (it is acceptable to submit a portion of a larger document).

11. Submit this writing sample in the original Word or Wordperfect format (preferred), or in PDF if the original format is no longer available.

     a.  (Note that Mac / iOS / Apple wordprocessing files cannot be accepted: please convert the application to a Windows / PC format if working on an Apple device, or submit as a pdf).

12. Name your writing sample file, “Last name, Writing Sample.” For example, “Kalar, Writing Sample” or “Waters, Writing Sample.”

Attachment C: Supplemental Information

13. If you need to provide more information in any of your application answers than space allows, please do so on an additional document; clearly indicate to which question(s) your answer(s) pertain.

14. Name this Supplement file “Last Name, Supplement”. For example, “Kalar, Supplement” or “Waters, Supplement.”

15. Submit this supplement in the original Word or Wordperfect format (preferred), or in PDF if the original format is no longer available.

     a.  (Note that Mac / iOS / Apple wordprocessing files cannot be accepted: please convert the application to a Windows / PC format if working on an Apple device, or submit as a pdf).

Summary

When you have completed your application and are ready to file it on the 123 Contact website, you should have the following files prepared and stored on your hard drive:

     a.  The “Main” application (this document) in Word or Wordperfect format (named “Last name, First name” e.g., “Kalar, Steven” or “Waters, Cari”)

     b.  Attachment A: CJA acknowledgement forms scanned into pdf (with the pdf file named “Last Name, First Name, Attachment A.”)

     c.  Attachment B: A brief writing sample, preferably in Word or Wordperfect (file named “Last Name, Writing Sample.”)

     d.  Attachment C: Any supplemental information, in Word or Wordperfect (file named “Last Name, Supplement.”

TO SUBMIT YOUR PREPARED APPLICATION AND ATTACHMENTS

1. The DEADLINE for submitting your application/attachments is 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, April 18, 2014. The website for accepting applications will be deactivated after 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

2. Submit your application to the appropriate site:

Trial Panel SF / Oakland

Trial Panel San Jose

Appellate Panel

Mentorship / Attorney Development Program 

After you provide the information requested on those pages, you will be allowed to upload each of the above files.