Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)

Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Logo of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, also known as WACDL, Inc., has more than 400 members who are private attorneys and public defenders practicing criminal law across the state. As an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the WACDL provides support and training to criminal defense attorneys statewide and promotes the proper administration of criminal justice.

Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers are eligible to join WACDL. Members must certify that they are "committed to the fair administration of justice and the defense of individuals accused of crime." Employees of any prosecutor or law enforcement officers are not eligible to join WACDL.


Benefits of Membership in WACDL

The benefits of joining the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers includes:

  • Access to the WACDL listserve where members can ask questions or share information with other members through a email-based exchange;
  • Copy of a quarterly newsletter with updates on the organization's news and events and articles on practice tips or recent appellate decisions of importance to the practice of criminal defense in Wisconsin;
  • Listing on the "Find a Lawyer" section of the WACDL website which operates not just as a membership directory but also as a searchable database for the public interested in finding an attorney in a particular practice area; and
  • Discounted rates on CLE seminars sponsored by WACDL.

WACDL Committees

Members of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers are encouraged to actively participate by taking leadership positions in the organization including serving on various committees. Standing committees include:

  • Membership Committee
  • Seminars/CLE Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Lawyers' Assistance Committee/Strike Force Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Criminal Justice/Ethics Committee
  • Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Indigent Defense Committee
  • Newsletter/Publications Committee

WACDL Past Presidents


Additional Resources for WACDL:

Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Student Chapter (WACDL) - Information for law school students who are currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Law School and are interested in joining the student chapter of WACDL.

WACDL Online Store - Visit the online store for WACDL to purchase merchandise with the organization's logo.


Contact Information for WACDL:

Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
P.O. Box 6706
Monona, WI 53716-6706
Phone: (608) 223-1275
Fax: (608) 223-9329