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Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL)

About the KACDL


  • Founded: 1988
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • Members: 350
  • Location: Olathe, Kansas
  • Website: www.kacdl.org
  • OrgType: Nonprofit
  • President: Brian Leininger
  • Executive Director: Patrick Lewis

Mission and History

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 350 members, including many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Kansas in both private practice and the public defenders office.

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." 

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 KACDL is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). 



Board of Directors

Brian Lowell Leininger
Overland Park, KS
John E Stang
Vice President
Wichita, KS
Christopher A. Rohr
Colby, KS

Past Presidents

Troy V Huser
Manhattan, KS
James Robert Pratt
Wichita, KS
David Freund
David Freund
Wichita, KS

The Clarence Darrow Award Recipients

The intention of these awards is not to pat each other on the back but rather to celebrate those in the trenches who are making a difference every day in the lives of people accused of crimes and those fighting to ensure that our rights guaranteed under the Constitution’s of the United States and the state of Kansas are protected and remain relevant. 
The Clarence Darrow Award, decided by the committee, is awarded for outstanding criminal defense performance during the year. The recipient must be a KACDL member to win. 
Carl Adrian Folsom
Lawrence, KS

Contact the KACDL

Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL)
P.O. Box 484
Olathe, KS 66051-0484
Fax: (913) 764-5012

Online Profiles

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Kansas

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Kansas which includes both KACDL 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 KACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for KACDL past presidents and KACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the KACDL. This information is provided amongst a broader directory of lawyers in Kansas and throughout the U.S.

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Benefits of Membership

Benefits of Joining KACDL

For criminal defense attorneys in Kansas, the KACDL provides many benefits of membership including:

  • discounts on continuing legal education (CLE) seminars: 
  • networking opportunities at criminal defense conferences and two annual seminars;
  • free assistance from KACDL strike force when you are threatened by the courts with inappropriate action for zealously representing your client;
  • access to the list serve;
  • access to the members-only section of the KACDL website including the bulletin board; and
  • a subscription to the newsletter with case law updates.

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.

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