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'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. This year, following our affiliation with the Berkeley Law School and the Berkeley Judicial Institute (BJI), our 2022 Conference is being held at the Berkeley Law School from July 5-8, 2022. The conference again features presentations by nationally recognized legal scholars and experts in their fields. If you wish to learn more, click here for the conference brochure, and here for the registration form.

The in-person 2021 Annual Conference, scheduled for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was cancelled due to concerns over COVID, but NAACA presented 8 online CLE sessions in July and August, 2021. In 2020, NAACA hosted 8 online CLE sessions after the Annual Conference was cancelled. Past in-person conference locations were San Diego (2019), New Orleans (2018), 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 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, NAACA has been granted Section 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service. John Tucker, former Chief Staff Attorney at the Virginia Court of Appeals, and Mark Zanchelli, former Chief Deputy Clerk at the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, now serve as the executive directors. You can contact them here.




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