The Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) is a non-profit organization that supports the criminal defense bar across the state. The KACDL was founded in 1988. Today, it has grown to more than 400 member including many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Kansas in both private practice and the public defenders office.
Members of KACDL agree to be bound by the Charter and by-laws of the organization. Membership is not open to anyone employed in the prosecution of criminal cases, on a full time basis or a part-time basis.
The mission of the KACDL is to "ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct, provide ongoing continuing legal education and promote public awareness of citizen's rights, the criminal justice process and the role of the criminal defense practice."
For criminal defense attorneys in Kansas, the KACDL provides many benefits of membership including:
Members of KACDL are employed with the Kansas BIDS or legal aid system, the federal public defender's office, or in private practice. Members also include law school students, judges, paralegals, and retired attorneys.