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


Sara H. Ruddy
Attorney at Law
2041 Bancroft Way, No. 307
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 548-4248

Vice Chair

Jared Winter
Law Office of Jared C. Winter
385 Grand Avenue, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 903-8090


Stephen Avilla
Law Offices of Stephen Avilla
225 West Winton Ave., Ste 117
Hayward, CA 94544
(510) 825-3906

Lynn Gorelick
Gorelick Law Offices
24301 Southland Drive, Suite 620
Hayward, CA 94565
(510) 785-1444

Elizabeth Grossman
Law Offices of Elizabeth Grossman
1010 Grayson St., Ste. 1
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 548-5106

Raymond Keller
Law Of Ray Keller
PO Box 23711
Oakland, CA 94623
(510) 816-9220

Maureen Kildee
East Bay Community Law Center
1127 Virginia Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
(415) 218-2983

Chitra Ramanathan
Attorney at Law
39510 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Ste. 190
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 460-1494

Darryl Stallworth
Law Offices of Darryl Stallworth
2355 Broadway, Ste. 303
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 271-1900

Lauren Williams
Kingfisher Law Office
6114 LaSalle Ave., Suite 320
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 761-8990

ACBA Staff Liason

Andrea Zambrana
CAAP Director
1000, Broadway, Ste. 480
Oakland, CA  94607
TEL: (510) 302-2202
FAX: (510) 452-2224