The National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys, Inc., or NAACA, is an organization composed of attorneys employed by state and federal appellate courts across the United States and Canada. NAACA is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been granted Section 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service. NAACA's mission is to provide educational, networking, and professional development opportunities for staff attorneys, judges' law clerks, and other attorneys employed by appellate courts.

The highlight of the NAACA year is the annual summer conference. Lectures at our conferences span a wide variety of subjects pertinent to the work of both state and federal staff attorneys. Many of our lecturers are nationally known experts in their respective fields. The 2019 conference will be held in San Diego from July 23 to July 26. The 2018 conference was held in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 10-13. Other past conference locations were Denver (2017),Philadelphia (2016), Seattle (2015), Savannah (2014), Santa Fe (2013), Washington, D.C. (2012), San Diego (2011), Louisville (2010), Annapolis (2009), Portland, Oregon (2008), New Orleans (2007), and Richmond (2006).

Incorporated in 2005, NAACA is affiliated with the University of Richmond School of Law. Mary Ellen Donaghy, who worked for many years as the ABA's Staff Director of the Appellate Judge's Conference, is NAACA's executive director.




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