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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.
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.
LACDL has published position statements on the following topics:
One of the best ways to get involved with the LACDL is by joining a committee. The LACDL has established the following committees:
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