For more than thirty-five years, the ACBA has proudly administered the Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP) in Alameda County.  CAAP serves the public, the legal profession and the courts by providing defense attorneys to represent indigent criminal defendants in those cases where the Alameda County Public Defender is unable to provide counsel due to a conflict of interest.

The program maintains a panel of more than 160 qualified, private attorneys who provide professional and competent representation for those eligible for a court appointed attorney.  Attorneys are paid for handling cases based upon a fee schedule.  Panel attorneys handle a wide array of criminal matters ranging from misdemeanor violations to death penalty cases.  Attorneys are referred to cases based upon their level of experience and knowledge.

The program’s efficient and effective system of case referrals provides a valuable source of clientele to attorneys on the CAAP panel.  CAAP is committed to the promotion of justice and high standards of professionalism, competency, diligence, and integrity among members of the criminal defense bar in Alameda County.

CAAP is currently seeking experienced criminal defense attorneys to join its panel to represent indigent clients charged with serious felonies up to and including death.  If you have extensive criminal defense experience and are looking for an opportunity to serve our community, please contact Andrea Zambrana, CAAP Director, at (510) 302-2202 or


Ray Keller

Vice Chair

Maureen Kildee


Charles Bendes

Alanna Coopersmith

Winifred Gin

Lynn Gorelick


Elizabeth Grossman

Chitra Ramanathan


Michal Tal

Tammy Yuen

Jared Winter

ACBA Staff Liason

Andrea Zambrana
CAAP Director
1000, Broadway, Ste. 290
Oakland, CA  94607
TEL: (510) 302-2202
FAX: (510) 452-2224