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Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Logo of the OCDLA

The Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) was formed in 1976 by a small group of attorneys working in Oklahoma City. Today, the OCDLA has more than 500 members including private attorneys and public defenders in every county in the state. The organization is Oklahoma's largest organization devoted exclusively to helping attorneys practicing criminal defense.

OCDLA membership is open only to Oklahoma criminal defense attorneys. In addition to serving the defense bar by offering educational and networking opportunities, the organization also lobbies the Oklahoma Legislature on criminal justice issues.

The organization is governed by a Board of Directors, publishes a peer-reviewed law journal called "The Gauntlet" and sponsors approximately 70 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes and seminars each year.

Contact Information

Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Leadership
P.O. Box 2272
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101

Benefits of Membership to OCDLA

The benefits of joining OCDLA as a member include:

  • Discounted rates to attend some of Oklahoma's most popular continuing legal education (CLE) classes and seminars on criminal defense topics including DUI / drunk driving defense, federal criminal defense, white collar crime defense, and the defense of sexually motivated crimes.
  • A copy of The Gauntlet, a quarterly law journal, published in print and online
  • A free copy of "My Little Green Book," which is a portable summary of statutory provisions for misdemeanors and felony offense under Oklahoma's statutory scheme.
  • Access to a listserv where attorneys discuss recent developments in the law and strategies in defending criminal cases.
  • a listing in OCDLA's membership directory designed to feature an alphabetical Members List or a Members by County interactive map.
  • access to a members only section of the OCDLA's website which contains a document and brief bank, archived issues of "The Gauntlet," the web based version of "The Little Green Book," expert resource, and the find a lawyer features.

Annual Meeting of OCDLA

Each year the OCDLA has an annual meeting held in conjunction with the State Bar Convention. At the annual meeting the organization presents the OCDLA's Annual Awards for Excellence in Criminal Defense. Officers and Board member elections are also held.

OCDLA Publications

OCDLA publishes a quarterly legal journal called "The Gauntlet" which focuses on hot topics in criminal defense and recent appellate decisions impacting the profession. Members have access to "The Gauntlet" in electronic form or in print form. The OCDLA also publishes "The Little Green Book" which is provided to new members when they join the organization.

OCDLA Committees

OCDLA encourages its members to become in the leadership of the organization by joining one of its various committees including:

  • Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Budget and Operations Committee
  • CLE Committee
  • Electronic Media Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Publications - Gauntlet Committee
  • Public Relations/Marketing Committee

This article was last updated on Thursday, January 23, 2020.