The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) was established in 1988 to provide a more credible and cohesive voice for attorneys in Pennsylvania practicing criminal defense. Today the organization has more than 600 members. It serves to protect the rights of those accused of crimes by creating a strong defense bar.
PACDL is open to Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys who are actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases in both state and federal court, as well as law students who are enrolled in law school. Judges and prosecutors are not eligible to join or remain in PACDL.
Many attorneys also belong to county legal association such as the Delaware County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (DCACDL).
Presented to a member in recognition of extraordinary advocacy in one or more cases, causes or issues during the previous year. The award recipient is selected by the President after consultation with the association officers.
Benefits of joining the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) include:
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Pennsylvania which includes both PACDL 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 PACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for PACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the PACDL.
Use this directory to find a Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.