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The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) was founded in 1974. Today the organization has grown to more than 1,800 members throughout the State of Georgia.
GACDL is the third largest statewide criminal defense association in the United States. The organization is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
The membership application for GACDL requires the applicant to certify that he or she is actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases, a full time criminal defense investigator or a student attending law school. Membership in GACDL is not opened to prosecutors or full time members of the judiciary - only criminal defense attorneys in Georgia.
GACDL advocates for the rights of the accused, adequate funding for the defense of the indigent, and a fair criminal justice system.
Membership benefits of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers include:
For Georgia criminal defense attorneys who practice primarily in federal court, GACDL also has a CJA Listserver. GACDL also hosts additional listserves for groups that concentrate on federal appointed cases, indigent defense, judicial nominations, and legislative activities.
“What’s the Decision” is a monthly newsletter that discusses recent important decisions of the Georgia Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Federal Courts. Each March, “What’s the Decision” announces the Case of the Year Awards for notable cases reported during the preceding year that significantly further, or exemplify, justice, and presents trophies to the attorneys who brought the appeals.
“The Georgia Defender” is bi-monthly newsletter featuring articles on legislative issues, practical guides on criminal defense issues and information on upcoming CLE seminars.
The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers offers several CLE seminars each year, including the Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program, the Fall Seminar, the Winter Seminar, and Spring Seminar.
The GACDL 2016 Fall Seminar on November 4-5, 2016 will be held at the Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris, GA. The GACDL 2017 DUI Bootcamp is tentative scheduled from March 2-3, 2017 at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters.
Other Resources for Georgia Criminal Defense Attorneys
Georgia Public Defender Standards Council - The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council is an independent agency within the judicial branch that sets professional standards and provides administrative support for the 49 circuit defender offices in Georgia. Find information on the Capital Defender and the Office of the Mental Health Advocate.
Contact InformationGeorgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL)
This article on GACDL was last updated on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.