Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Logo of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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. 


GACDL Membership

Membership benefits of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers include:

  • Receiving a copy of the monthly publication, "What's the Decision," and the bi-monthly newsletter, "The Georgia Defender";
  • Access to the GACDL Listserver;
  • Access to the members only section of GACDL's website including a brief bank, motion bank, seminar material, and practical legal guides;
  • Listing on the on-line membership directory on the GACDL website which the public can use to search for a qualified attorney;
  • CLE seminars and courses focused exclusively on criminal defense topics such as DUI defense; and
  • Scholarships to the National Criminal Defense College and the GACDL Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program.

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.


GACDL Publications

“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.


GACDL 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 Information

Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL)
P.O. Box 29653
Atlanta, Georgia 30359
Phone Number: 404-248-1777

This article on GACDL was last updated on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.