The Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) was formed in 1986. The AACJ started with just 40 criminal defense lawyers coming together to address the neglect criminal defendants and criminal defense lawyers received through the agency of the Arizona courts and legislature at the time.
Today the organization has grown to nearly 500 members composed of both private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders practicing law throughout the Grand Canyon State. The AACJ tackles matters like ensuring the rights of the accused in courts and legislature, promoting the criminal defense practice, and bringing public awareness to citizens' rights, the criminal justice system, and the role of the defense lawyer.
AACJ seeks to improve the practice of Arizona criminal defense lawyers, and also serves as an advocate for positive criminal justice reform. AACJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyres (NACDL).
This is AACJ's highest award. It is given to the criminal defense professional whose achievements and dedication to the protection of constitutional rights and the pursuit of justice deserve special recognition. The award will be presented to a criminal defense professional who has earned over the years, through his or her accomplishments and integrity, a special recognition among his or her peers.
The benefits of joining the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) including:
Members of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice are encouraged to participate by serving on one of several committees and subcommittees including:
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Arizona which includes both AACJ members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the AACJ and other professional associations. This includes recognition for AACJ Past Presidents and AACJ members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the AACJ.
Use this directory to find an Arizona criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county or city from the list below.