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Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA)

About the OCDLA


  • Founded: 1976
  • Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mission and History

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.



Board of Directors

Robert L Wyatt IV
Oklahoma City, OK
Arlan Bullard
First Vice President
Pauls Valley, OK
John Michael Smith
Second Vice President
Oklahoma City, OK
Catherine Clendenin Hammarsten
Oklahoma City, OK
Don Michael Haggerty II
Durant, OK
John E Hunsucker
Oklahoma City, OK
Jasmine Johnson
Jasmine Johnson
Norman, OK
Thomas Eugene Salisbury
Ponca City, OK
Nicole Herron
Oklahoma City, OK

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Robert D. Gifford II
Oklahoma City, OK
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Josh Dean Lee
Ward & Lee
Vinita, OK
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Mack Kelly Martin
Martin Law Office
Oklahoma City, OK
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Bruce Edge
Edge Law Firm, P.C.
Tulsa, OK
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Ronald Jones II
The Jones Firm, PLLC
Oklahoma City, OK
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Jay Kent Ramey
Jay K. Ramey, Attorney at Law
Tulsa, OK
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Contact the OCDLA

Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA)
1621 North Classen Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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Benefits of Membership

For Oklahoma attorneys, 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.


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

OCDLA Publications

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.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Oklahoma

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense attorneys in Oklahoma which includes both OCDLA 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 OCDLA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for OCDLA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the OCDLA.

Use this directory to find an Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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