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Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL)

About the TACDL

Mission and History

The Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) was formed in 1973 to provide a unified and credible voice for those who defend people accused of criminal offenses. Today, the organization has more than 800 members engaged in defending those accused of crimes in state and federal court throughout Tennessee.

TACDL sponsors more than 80 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars each year for Tennessee criminal defense lawyers. The organization employs a lobbyist to advocate for the positions of the organizations in front of the Tennessee legislature.

As an affiliate member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the TACDL provides training, education and networking opportunties to its members.


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People

Board of Directors

Jonathan David Cooper
President
Knoxville, TN
Michael Ryan Working
President-Elect
Memphis, TN
George Frank Lannom
Treasurer
Lebanon, TN
Benjamin L McGowan
Secretary
Chattanooga, TN
Jeff Cherry
Immediate Past President
Lebanon, TN
Joseph Fuson
Middle TN Board
Nashville, TN

Past Presidents

Joseph S Ozment
2017-2018
Memphis, TN
Sara E Compher-Rice
2016-2017
Knoxville, TN
Paul J Bruno
2015-2016
Nashville, TN
Samuel L Perkins
2014-2015
Memphis, TN
Mike Whalen
2013-2014
Knoxville, TN
J. Robin McKinney Jr
2012-2013
Nashville, TN

TACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Merrida P. Coxwell
Coxwell & Associates, PLLC
Jackson, MS
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Joseph Fuson
Freeman & Fuson
Nashville, TN
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Michael K Walker
Michael K. Walker, Attorney at Law
Nashville, TN
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R. Garth Best
Best & Brock
Chattanooga, TN
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Marcos M Garza
Garza Law Firm, PLLC
Knoxville, TN
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Chelsea Nicholson
Chelsea Nicholson, Attorney at Law
Nashville, TN
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Contact the TACDL

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL)
530 Church Street Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37243
tacdl.com
Office: (615) 329-1338

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More About the TACDL

Benefits of Membership

The benefits of belonging to the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) include:

  • Networking opportunities with some of the best and most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Tennessee;
  • Reduced fees to attend CLE seminars sponsored by TACDL;
  • Leadership opportunities to serve on the executive board or in various committees;
  • Access to a database of information on expert witnesses;
  • Access to a members-only listserv that allows the members to ask questions or share information with other members;
  • A new attorney mentoring program;
  • Copy of the TACDL publications, "For the Defense" which is a bi-monthly newsletter, and "The Weekly Writ" which is an on-line weekly newsletter;
  • Protection from TACDL's Strike Force, which offers support to members who are harassed for zealously representing a client; and
  • Access to a data base of forensic experts and other expert witnesses used by criminal defense attorneys in Tennessee.

Committees

TACDL encourages its members to actively participate on various committees including:

  • Bench-Bar Relations Commission
  • Judicial Evaluation Commission
  • Judicial Selection Commission
  • Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council

Publications

The Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) publishes "For the Defense" a journal discussing recent appellate cases impacting the profession and article on criminal defense. TACDL also publishes "Weekly Writ" that updates members on news and events for the organization.


Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Tennessee

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

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


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