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Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AACDL)

About the AACDL


  • Founded: 1999
  • Members: 300
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Website: aacdl.com
  • President: Shane Ethridge
  • Executive Director: Virginia Kulpanowski

Mission and History

The Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AACDL) is a state affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). AACDL was reorganized in 1999. Its mission works to ensure fairness in the criminal justice system and due process for persons accused of crimes.

Today the AACDL has near to 300 members. The AACDL is consists of the highest level criminal defense lawyers in the state. The AACDL provides services to its members to enhance their legal training and education. The AACDL hosts online and in-person seminars throughout the year and a member-only listserv which provides access to a large network of colleague expertise and counsel. 

AACDL serves as a professional organization for criminal defense attorneys in Arkansas, and advocates for reform in criminal justice in Arkansas. The AACDL publishes Quarterly Journal, a magazine with the filled the latests news and updates from the AACDL including its advocacy work and federal and state cases. 



Board of Directors

Jeff Jeffrey Wankum
North Little Rock, AR
Pamela A Panasiuk
Little Rock, AR
Lauren Mary Anne Elenbaas
Vice President
Conway, AR
Katherine Sanderson Streett
Secretary / Treasurer
Little Rock, AR

Past Presidents

Joe Tobler
Joe Tobler
Little Rock, AR
John Kennedy
John Kennedy
Little Rock, AR
James Winfield Wyatt
2016-2017, 2008-2009
Little Rock, AR
William Owen James Jr
2015-2016, 2002-2003, 2001-2002
Little Rock, AR
Tony Pirani
Tony Pirani
Fayetteville, AR
Justin Eisele
Justin Eisele
Rockville, MD

AACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Merrida P. Coxwell
Coxwell & Associates, PLLC
Jackson, MS
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John Wesley Hall Jr
John Wesley Hall Jr. P.C.
Little Rock, AR
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C Ryan Gering
Hulnick, Stang, Gering & Leavitt, P.A.
Wichita, KS
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Matthew Porter McKay
McKay Law Firm
Little Rock, AR
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Stephen A. Shoptaw
Shoptaw Law Office
Benton, AR
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W. Whitfield Hyman
King Law Group, PLLC
Fort Smith, AR
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Contact the AACDL

Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AACDL)
P.O. Box 307
Little Rock, AR 72203
Office: (501) 412-8992
Fax: (501) 246-8869

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Benefits of Membership

For lawyers in Arkansas, the benefits of joining the AACDL include:

  • Monthly and regional CLE meetings;
  • Access to a membership-exclusive listserv;
  • Networking opportunities.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Arkansas

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Arkansas which includes both AACDL 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 AACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for AACDL Past Presidents and AACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the AACDL.

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

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