DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
Logo of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association
The DUI Defense Lawyers Association (known as "DUIDLA") is a new organization incorporated in June of 2014. The organization recently became a 501c(6) non-profit organization. DUIDLA was created to promote excellence in aggressively defending those charged with DUI or DWI related crimes across the United States.
DUIDLA serves attorneys, both private attorneys and public defenders, in obtaining the knowledge and advanced training in DUI-related areas. The organization is a network of women and men across the country committed to DUI education and outreach.
DUIDLA provides training and education to its members who include many of the top DUI attorneys across the United States. At last count, the organization had approximately 800 members. The stated purpose of DUIDLA is:
"To protect and ensure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the state and Federal Constitutions in DUI-related cases; to resist the constant efforts which are being made to curtail these rights; to encourage cooperation between lawyers engaged in the furtherance of these objectives through educational programs and other assistance; to serve as the first and last line of defense of the Constitution; to assist attorneys and public defenders in obtaining advanced training in DUI related areas through our education scholarship grants."
Members are encouraged to take on leadership positions within the organization. DUIDLA prides itself on transparency and intends to:
- publish all financial aspects of the organization on the members-only section of its website;
- hold meetings that are opened to all members when important decisions are made impacting the organization; and
- elect its leaders through a democratic vote.
DUIDLA 2018 Seminar Schedule
Save the date for the Spring Seminar on April 4-6, 2019, at the Westin in Nashville, TN. The 2019 Fall Seminar is planned for San Diego, CA, in September of 2019. The 2020 Spring Seminar is planned for Washington, DC, in April of 2020.
DUIDLA conferences bring in 125-200 of the most active DUI defense attorneys in the US and Canada. DUIDLA seminars in 2018 include the spring seminar on April 26-28, 2018 in Sunny Isles, Florida and the fall seminar on September 13-15, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The DUIDLA sponsors several CLE seminars in 2016 and 2017 including:
- the Summer 2016 Seminar in Denver, CO - Mile High Seminar;
- Defending Marijuana DUID Cases - July 7-9, 2016;
- the Winter 2017 Seminar in Las Vegas, NV;
- the Summer 2017 Seminar in Charleston, SC; and
- the Winter 2016 Seminar - Second Annual on January 15-17 in The Saguaro Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ.
DUIDLA Justice Foundation
DUIDLA also created a “not-for-profit” Foundation called the DUIDLA Justice Foundation. The DUIDLA Justice Foundation is the charitable arm of the organization which supports the education of lawyers throughout the United States and Canada.
One function of the DUIDLA Justice Foundation is to provide scholarships to younger attorneys and public defenders. The tuition scholarships allow younger attorneys and public defenders to attend advanced training sessions and seminars on DUI defense.
Membership in DUIDLA
Attorneys who are actively engaged in the defense of DUI-related cases are eligible for membership in the organization. Members are generally required to complete one DUI dedicated continuing legal education (CLE) seminar per year.
The DUIDLA does not accept members who are employed as prosecutors by any city, state or federal government or anyone who works in any capacity that is in conflict with the objectives and purposes of the Association.
Charter members include 27 individuals who paid the Charter Membership dues and are not required to pay annual dues. Charter members serve as the initial officers, initial directors, and the DUIDLAJF initial board.
Other membership levels include:
- Sustaining Membership;
- Founding Membership;
- Law Student Membership;
- Affiliate Membership;
- Public Defender Membership; and
- Paralegal Membership.
Affiliate Organization Membership of DUIDLA
State-level DUI defender organizations and other similar voluntary specialty bar associations can apply to join as an affiliate organization. The California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA) recently became an affiliate organization of DUIDLA which provides DUI attorneys in California with additional benefits and opportunities if they join both organizations.
In 2015, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (“NCAJ”), headquartered in Raleigh, NC, also joined as an affiliate organization of DUIDLA. The NCAJ has more than 4,000 members and is the largest organization in North Carolina to champion individual rights in both the criminal justice and civil justice system.
Standing Committees on DUIDLA
The standing committees on DUIDLA include:
- Budget Committee;
- Affiliate Organization Committee;
- Board Certification Committee;
- Technology Committee;
- Outreach Committee; and
- Seminar Committee.
Training for DUI Defense Attorneys
DUIDLA plays an important role in training and educating criminal defense attorneys focused on DUI defense. The organization provides many benefits of membership to DUI attorneys including:
- access to the members-only DUIDLA Listserve;
- the ability to personalize your Profile Page on the DUIDLA website
- an invitation to the closed, members-only DUIDLA Facebook page;
- opportunity to add a DUIDLA badge to your website;
- subscription to Counterpoint: The Journal of Science & the Law;
- networking opportunities, and
- invitations to quality CLE seminars and events.
For attorneys focused on DUI defense, DUIDLA provides educational and training opportunities. The organization also provides the public with an important way to search for a qualified DUI defense lawyer in the United States or Canada.
Other benefits of membership include access to DUIDLA's redesigned to make it search friendly for member searches to finding a learned treatise or specific scientific article in its Virtual Library. Additionally, the list-serve continues to be a vibrant and active source for research and information.
The following attorneys have passed the DUIDLA Board Certification Exam and met all requirements for Board Certification:
- Mark Thiessen in Houston, TX;
- Tyler Flood in Houston, TX;
- John Collins in Little Rock, AR; and
- Jim Butler in Houston, TX.
This article was last updated on Friday, May 18, 2018.