The Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Inc. (LACDL) is a non-profit corporation formed in 1985. In 2010 the original LACDL combined with the Louisiana Public Defenders Association. Today the group has grown to more than 500 members with a full time staff.
LACDL promotes excellence in the practice of criminal law, lobbies the legislature, and protects the rights of the accused. LACDL is the leading statewide association, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA, exclusively serving the comprehensive needs of the criminal defense bar.
LACDL promotes a "fair, accurate, and humane criminal justice system through education, advocacy, and the development of effective and professional defense lawyers."
Louisiana criminal defense lawyers who join LACDL enjoy a sense of community, networking opportunities, publications focused on criminal justice issues and discounts on quality CLE seminars sponsored by LACDL throughout the year.
In 1986, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presented its first Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award. The award is named in honor of the late Justice Albert Tate, Jr., who served on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana State Supreme Court. The Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the Louisiana system of criminal justice and is dedicated to constitutional principles. The award is designed to honor individuals for dedication to, or in defense of, those constitutional principles for which Justice Tate stood. This is LACDL’s most prestigious award.
The LACDL has different membership levels including Sustaining Members and Lifetime Members. Higher levels of membership provide additional benefits. Other membership benefits include the CLE partner membership subscriber which acts as a CLE voucher.
A Lifetime Membership is $2,000, while the annual membership dues for a sustaining member is $250. The annual dues for a regular member are $150, an indigent defender is $75, a new attorney is $75, an associate member is $50, and a law student member is $10.
The benefits of joining LACDL include:
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Louisiana which includes both LACDL 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 LACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for LACDL Past Presidents and LACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the LACDL.
Use this directory to find a Louisiana criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.