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Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA)

About the ACDLA


  • Founded: 1981
  • Executive Director: Mary Beth Wyatt
  • President: Ronald W. Smith
  • Location: Clanton, Alabama
  • Website: acdla.org
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • OrgType: Nonprofit

Mission and History

The Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA) was formed in 1981. ACDLA serves as the unified voice of the state’s criminal defense community. Its primary mission is to promote excellence in the practice of criminal law and to protect the rights of the accused.

ACDLA members enjoy an array of services including Continuing Legal Education (CLEs), lectures and seminars, networking forums, platform for legislation assessments. The ACDLA is both a professional organization of criminal defense lawyers in Alabama and an organization that lobbies and supports efforts for a fair criminal justice system. 

Legal professional invested in the defense of criminal cases (no judges and prosecutors) can become a member of the ACDLA. The ACDLA is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). 



Board of Directors

Ronald W Smith
Hazel Green, AL
Michael Patrick Hanle
Next Past President
Birmingham, AL
John Joseph Lloyd
President Elect
Tuscaloosa, AL

Past Presidents

Michael Patrick Hanle
Birmingham, AL
Paul Arthur Young Jr
Enterprise, AL
Robert Hays Webb
Tuscaloosa, AL

Roderick Beddow Lifetime Award Recipients

Mary Angela Turner
Tuscaloosa, AL
William Herman Broome
Anniston, AL
Thomas Joseph Spina
Birmingham, AL

ACDLA Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Merrida P. Coxwell
Coxwell & Associates, PLLC
Jackson, MS
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Matthew W. Peterson
Law Office of Matthew W. Peterson
Boston, MA
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Russell W. Crumbley
Crumbley-Blackwell, & Associates, P.C.
Huntsville, AL
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Stephen Andrew Strickland
Stephen Strickland Law
Birmingham, AL
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Michael J Upton
Michael J. Upton, Attorney at Law
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Mitchell John Howie
Law Office of Mitchell J. Howie
Huntsville, AL
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Contact the ACDLA

Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA)
P. O. Box 2488
Clanton, AL 35046
Office: (334) 272-0064

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Membership Benefits

Alabama lawyers who are members in good standing of the Alabama State Bar and are engaged in or interested in criminal defense (except judges or prosecutors) are eligible to join the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA). The benefits of membership to the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer Association (ACDLA) include:

  • bi-monthly issues of ACDLA's publication called "The Guardian" which highlights recent decisions and criminal defense issues;
  • discounted prices on educational programs and continuing legal education (CDL) courses;
  • access to a password-protected listserv; and
  • access to password protected members-only legal documents library which includes briefs and motions.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Alabama

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Alabama which includes both ACDLA members and non-members, To help the public find the best choices when they search for an attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the ACDLA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for ACDLA Past Presidents and ACDLA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the ACDLA.

Use this directory to find a criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county or city from the list below.

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