Logo of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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.
Benefits of Membership to OCDLA
The benefits of joining OCDLA as a member include:
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 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 encourages its members to become in the leadership of the organization by joining one of its various committees including:
Contact InformationOklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Leadership