Accredited Continuing Education Programs
Continuing education has always been the primary focus of the ADC. The
Association offers a full slate of state-bar-accredited MCLE seminars which are
offered at a reduced rate to members and open to all defense attorneys and their
clients. Seminars feature speakers who are well known and widely respected in
their fields, structured specifically for those defending civil litigation, and
address topics of current interest and impact.
Popular seminar topics in recent years have included recent developments in
California law in:
- Construction Defects
- Defending Public Entities
- Toxic Torts
- Employment Law
- Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims
- CACI Jury Instructions
In addition, the ADC sponsors an annual Law Firm Management Seminar in
Monterey during the summer, attended by firm partners and administrators. The
focus of the seminar is on small to mid-sized defense firms, which comprise the
bulk of our membership. Topics in recent years have included maximizing firm
profitability, negotiation of office leases, critiques of various technology
available to law firms, and other important issues.
For more information, go to the Calendar of
The combined strength of the ADC and the Association of Southern California
Defense Counsel (ASCDC), is found the political arena via California Defense
Counsel. This jointly supported political action committee is among the largest
lobbying organizations in Sacramento and is solely controlled by defense
attorneys. CDC provides for a speakers' bureau, candidates' and issues PACs and
a political analyst -- all affording the state's defense attorneys a single
voice and an opportunity to influence legislation of importance to our
profession and our clients.
Other Benefits of Membership
Fellowship, information and a year-round, multifaceted program to enhance the
defense attorney’s practice make joining the ADC so worthwhile. Other programs
and services for members include:
Annual Meeting: The highlight of each year is the Annual Meeting, held in early
December in San Francisco. Combining social activities with two days of
engrossing and relevant seminars and panel discussions, the Annual Meeting
brings together members and clients from all corners of the Association’s
region. Nationally recognized keynote speakers help make this a highly regarded
event within our industry.
Publications: Published three times a year, Defense Comment, is sent to all ADC
members, our clients, the judiciary and the insurance/risk management industry.
Articles enlighten and entertain, highlight recent trends in the law, provide
noteworthy insights for the defense practice, and keep readers updated on
legislation and activity in the state capital. This valuable resource also
contains “Recent Cases,” a special pull-out section offering a compendium of
appellate and supreme court case summaries from California and Nevada.
Relationship with the Bench: The ADC maintains a strong dialogue with the
region's judiciary, both at the trial and appellate level. The ADC has been
asked to participate at bench-bar conferences in the trial courts, as well as to
participate on various task forces convened by the Judicial Council to consider
changes in civil practice. The presence of the ADC as a "voice for the defense"
in these activities is among the most important duties of the organization. In
addition, the ADC has maintained for years an active Amicus program, influencing
decisions of importance to our members' practices.
Marketing: ADC membership, and participation through being a speaker at
educational programs, leadership of substantive law committees, or authoring
articles the Defense Comment provides members a platform to demonstrate their
knowledge, to the legal community. As such activities are open to clients, and
prospective clients, members can become visible, and be perceived as "go to"
lawyers on specific legal issues. In addition, ADC membership is promoted
through our annual directory, which allows members to identify their expertise
in specific areas of practice, as well as geographically.
Membership into the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern
California is by application and approval of the Board of Directors and
is open to all qualified applicants in good standing with the State Bar
of California or Nevada. The focus of the ADC is on California and
Nevada law and defense practice. Membership in the ADC serves as a
necessary companion to membership in national defense organizations,
keeping members informed on matters of importance to defense attorneys
in California and Nevada.
Specific requirements for membership are as follows:
- Independent Counsel in Practice for More Than Five Years
- A significant portion of your practice must be devoted to the
defense of civil litigation.
- You must be an attorney engaged in private practice.
- Staff Counsel of Government and Corporate Entities Regardless of
the Number of Years in Practice
- Fewer than Five Years in Practice
Dues: Open the
Membership Application Form for specific dues and initiation fee
information. Additionally, discounts are available for firms or legal
departments with multiple ADC members. Those offices with 100%
participation in ADC also are eligible for special firm membership
benefits. Please call the ADC office for more information: (916)