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Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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."

Contact Information:

Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
PO Box 484
Olathe, KS 66051-0484
Phone (913) 558-3961
Fax: 913-764-5012
E-mail: KACDL@hotmail.com

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.