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.
For Oklahoma attorneys, the benefits of joining OCDLA as a member include:
OCDLA encourages its members to become in the leadership of the organization by joining one of its various committees including:
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.
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.