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The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) was created to provide a more cohesive and credible voice for criminal defense attorneys practicing in the state of Ohio.
The 800-plus members of the include both private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders who share a passion for justice in the operation of the criminal justice system.
OACDL sponsors continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and courses, including the annual Death Penalty and Superstar Seminars, for Ohio criminal defense attorneys.
Membership in OACDL is available to all attorneys in good standing who have an interest in criminal defense. Additionally, an associate member category is available to other professionals in the criminal justice system such as paralegals, investigators and expert witnesses. A law firm practicing criminal defense in Ohio can join on behalf of the lawyers in the firm. Even law school students can join OACDL with a student membership.
OACDL is an affiliate member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Benefits of Joining OCADL as a Member
The benefits of becoming a member of OCADL include:
Many criminal defense attorneys in Ohio also belong to associations organized at the county level including the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA) and the Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (COACDL).
Committees for OACDL
OACDL encourages its members to help the organization by serving on various standing committees including the following:
Each year the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers recognizes a member of OACDL for excellence in death penalty litigation with the Donald C. Schumacher Lifesaver Award. Death penalty litigation includes "trial excellence, mitigation investigation and presentation, as well as appellate and post-conviction litigation, and education." Past recipients include:
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