The Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AKACDL) in Anchorage, AK, is the preeminent association for those working in the criminal defense profession in Alaska. This non-profit professional organization was established in 2009 by four defense lawyers — Darrel Gardner, Rich Curtner, Andrew Lambert, and Steve Wells. Today, AKACDL has grown to more than 200 members including many of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state of Alaska.
Members include both attorneys in private practice and those that work for the public defender's office. The members practice in both state and federal court defending individuals accused of criminal offenses throughout the state.
AKACDL provides continuing legal education for members, as well as year-round seminars and events for training advancement, networking, and recognition of its members. AKACDL is an official Affiliate Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
The AKACDL Champion of Liberty Award is presented annually at the All*Stars Conference and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the cause of criminal justice in Alaska.
The benefits of joining AKACDL include:
The AKACDL membership classifications include: regular member, association member, new lawyer member, public defender member, and public defender association. The annual dues range from $250 for regular members to $125 for public defender members.
Former prosecutors with any local, state, or federal prosecuting agency are ineligible for membership for one year after such employment. Otherwise, former prosecutors can become members only upon a vote of approval by a majority of the AKACDL board.