Logo of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association
The DUI Defense Lawyers Association (known as "DUIDLA") was incorporated in June of 2014 and later became a 501c(6) non-profit organization. DUIDLA was created to promote excellence in aggressively defending those charged with DUI or DWI related crimes across the United States.
DUIDLA serves attorneys, both private attorneys, and public defenders, in obtaining the knowledge and advanced training in DUI-related areas. The organization is a network of women and men across the country committed to DUI education and outreach.
DUIDLA provides training and education to its members who include many of the top DUI attorneys across the United States. At last count, the organization had approximately 800 members. The stated purpose of DUIDLA is:
"To protect and ensure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the state and Federal Constitutions in DUI-related cases; to resist the constant efforts which are being made to curtail these rights; to encourage cooperation between lawyers engaged in the furtherance of these objectives through educational programs and other assistance; to serve as the first and last line of defense of the Constitution; to assist attorneys and public defenders in obtaining advanced training in DUI related areas through our education scholarship grants."
Members are encouraged to take on leadership positions within the organization. DUIDLA prides itself on transparency and intends to:
DUIDLA plays an important role in training and educating criminal defense attorneys focused on DUI defense. The organization provides many benefits of membership to DUI attorneys including:
For attorneys focused on DUI defense, DUIDLA provides educational and training opportunities. The organization also provides the public with an important way to search for a qualified DUI defense lawyer in the United States or Canada.
Other benefits of membership include access to DUIDLA's redesigned to make it search friendly for member searches to finding a learned treatise or specific scientific article in its Virtual Library. Additionally, the list-serve continues to be a vibrant and active source for research and information.
DUIDLA conferences bring in 125-200 of the most active DUI defense attorneys in the US and Canada. The 2020 Spring Seminar will be held in Washington, D.C. on April 17 - 20, 2020. The Friday session kicks off with DUIDLA visits to the Supreme Court and a welcome session. The 2020 Fall Seminar will be held in Austin, TX, on September 10 - 12, 2020.
The past DUIDLA seminars included:
DUIDLA also created a “not-for-profit” Foundation called the DUIDLA Justice Foundation. The DUIDLA Justice Foundation is the charitable arm of the organization which supports the education of lawyers throughout the United States and Canada.
One function of the DUIDLA Justice Foundation is to provide scholarships to younger attorneys and public defenders. The tuition scholarships allow younger attorneys and public defenders to attend advanced training sessions and seminars on DUI defense.
Attorneys who are actively engaged in the defense of DUI-related cases are eligible for membership in the organization. Members are generally required to complete one DUI dedicated continuing legal education (CLE) seminar per year.
The DUIDLA does not accept members who are employed as prosecutors by any city, state or federal government or anyone who works in any capacity that is in conflict with the objectives and purposes of the Association.
Charter members include 27 individuals who paid the Charter Membership dues and are not required to pay annual dues. Charter members serve as the initial officers, initial directors, and the DUIDLAJF initial board.
Other membership levels include:
The standing committees on DUIDLA include:
The 2020 DUIDLA Officers of the Executive Committee include:
The DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA) provides a path to becoming a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense. To earn your status as a specialist, you must meet the education and experience requirements to sit for the DUIDLA Board Certification Exam and score a passing grade on the exam.
The Board Certification is issued by the DUIDLA Board Certification Committee. DUIDLA has tailored the experience requirements to allow members from across the United States to be eligible for this important distinction. Attorneys who earn Board Certification from DUIDLA must still follow the rules in their home state for advertising this designation.
The suggested resources to study for the board certification exam include:
Questions on the exam require knowledge of the significant US Supreme Court decisions that impacted DUI and DWI cases.The board certification exam administered by DUIDLA also explores ethical considerations involved in DUI/DWI defense practice. Applicants should also possess a working knowledge of:
The requirements for earning board certification include:
At last count, the following attorneys passed the DUIDLA Board Certification Exam and met all requirements for Board Certification:
State-level DUI defender organizations and other similar voluntary specialty bar associations can apply to join as an affiliate organization. The California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA) recently became an affiliate organization of DUIDLA which provides DUI attorneys in California with additional benefits and opportunities if they join both organizations.
In 2015, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (“NCAJ”), headquartered in Raleigh, NC, also joined as an affiliate organization of DUIDLA. The NCAJ has more than 4,000 members and is the largest organization in North Carolina to champion individual rights in both the criminal justice and civil justice system.
This article was last updated on Friday, February 7, 2020.