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Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (RIACDL)

About the RIACDL

Mission and History

The Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (RIACDL) in Providence, Rhode Island, was created to give the criminal defense bar a unified voice and improve the profession. Members include attorneys admitted to the Rhode Island Bar who are actively and substantially engaged in the practice of criminal defense throughout the state.

RIACDL is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Rhode Island belong to this respected non-profit organization.

RIACDL unites private criminal defense attorneys with public defenders to promote progressive legislative changes and sponsor quality continuing education seminars. Every year, RIACDL awards two scholarships for members to attend the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.


Contact the RIACDL

Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (RIACDL)
PO BOX 23101
Providence, RI 02903

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Rhode Island

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

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

Criminal Defense Lawyers by County

More About the RIACDL

Benefits of Membership

For Rhode Island lawyers, the benefits of joining RIACDL include:

  • networking opportunities at meetings and social events;
  • access the the listserv discussion forum;
  • access to the private members only section of the RIACDL website with a brief and motion bank;
  • a subscription to the Office of the Public Defenders Training News Newsletter and Criminal Law Reporter case summaries;and
  • discounts on quality Continuing Legal Education seminars related to criminal defense.

Types of membership include regular members, associate members, and student members.


Joining a committee is an important way to become more active in the organization. The RIACDL has several standing committees including:

  • By-Laws Committee;
  • Continuing Education Committee;
  • Legislative Committee;
  • Judiciary Committee;
  • Computer Committee; and
  • Nominating Committee.

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