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DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)

DUI Defense Lawyers Association

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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:

  • publish all financial aspects of the organization on the members-only section of its website;
  • hold meetings that are opened to all members when important decisions are made impacting the organization; and
  • elect its leaders through a democratic vote.

Benefits of Membership in DUIDLA

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:

  • access to the members-only DUIDLA Listserve;
  • the ability to personalize your Profile Page on the DUIDLA website
  • an invitation to the closed, members-only DUIDLA Facebook page;
  • opportunity to add a DUIDLA badge to your website;
  • subscription to Counterpoint: The Journal of Science & the Law;
  • networking opportunities, and
  • invitations to quality CLE seminars and events.

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 2020 Seminar Schedule

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:

  • the Summer Seminar of 2015 in Chicago, IL
  • the Winter 2015 Seminar in Santa Monica, CA
  • the Summer 2016 Seminar in Denver, CO - Mile High Seminar - Defending Marijuana DUID Cases;
  • the Winter 2016 Seminar - Second Annual on January 15-17 in The Saguaro Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ;
  • the Spring Seminar in 2017 in Austin, TX;
  • the 2017 Seminar in Atlanta; GA;
  • the 2017 Seminar in Charleston, SC;
  • the Fall seminar on September 13-15, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • the Spring Seminar of 2019 in Nashville, TN
  • the Fall Seminar of 2019 in San Diego, CA

DUIDLA Justice Foundation

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.

Membership Categories in DUIDLA

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:

  • Sustaining Membership;
  • Founding Membership;
  • Law Student Membership;
  • Affiliate Membership;
  • Public Defender Membership; and
  • Paralegal Membership.

Standing Committees on DUIDLA

The standing committees on DUIDLA include:

  • Budget Committee;
  • Affiliate Organization Committee;
  • Board Certification Committee;
  • Technology Committee;
  • Outreach Committee; and
  • Seminar Committee.

Leadership in DUIDLA

The 2020 DUIDLA Officers of the Executive Committee include:

Board Certified in DUI Defense by DUIDLA

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:

  • all versions of the NHTSA SFST manuals
  • validation studies
  • DRE manuals
  • Garriott’s Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol (5th and 6th editions)
  • Past and current issues of Counterpoint: The Journal of Science and the Law
  • "Basic Gas Chromatography" by Harold McNair

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:

  • Alcohol and drug pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Retrograde extrapolation
  • Breath testing theory and science

The requirements for earning board certification include:

  • Being an attorney admitted to practice and a member in good standing in one or more states or territories of the United States, the District of Columbia or in
  • The application must conduct business for an average of at least 3 days per week with at least 50% of the attorney's practice being devoted to DUI/DWI defense for the five year period preceding the application.
  • Meeting the education and CLE requirements
  • Meeting the experience and task requirements
  • Paying the $500 application fee and submitting the completed application
  • Providing the required peer review references
  • Obtaining a passing score on the Board Certification Exam
  • Obtaining approval from the DUIDLA Board Certification Committee

At last count, the following attorneys passed the DUIDLA Board Certification Exam and met all requirements for Board Certification:

Affiliate Organization Membership of DUIDLA

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.