Calendar of Events
DUI and Motor Vehicle CLE Summit for Criminal Defense Practitioners
February 10, 2017
The Hotel Hershey
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2017 Joint Annual Conference
April 27 & 28, 2017
The Harrisburg Hilton
1 N. Second Street
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New Members Only Section: U.S. District Court addresses and counties of jurisdiction in Pennsylvania.
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers website.
Award Nominations Sought
PACDL is seeking nominations for the following award categories. The deadline for submission of nominations to PACDL is March 1, 2017. Winners will be announced at the Joint Annual Conference in April 2017 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Click here to download a nomination form.
The Liberty Award - Presented to an individual, group or organization in recognition of a continuing commitment to the principles of liberty and equal justice under the law. The deserving recipient is selected by the President after consultation with the other officers.
The Charles P. Gelso President's Award - Presented to a member in special appreciation of outstanding contributions to the Association. The award recipient is chosen by the president.
The Alan Jay Josel Advocacy Award - Presented to a member in recognition of extraordinary advocacy in one or more cases, causes or issues during the previous year. The award recipient is selected by the President after consultation with the association officers.
President's and Directors' Commendation(s) - Presented at the discretion of the President and Directors to a member or members in recognition of special contributions to the Association during the previous year. Recipient(s) are determined be chosen by the officers and a member of the Board of Directors designated by the officers.
For The Defense Advertising Opportunities
The newly launched For The Defense gives readers the best in criminal defense practice journalism on a digital platform that is packaged in a striking, sophisticated, easy-to-read design, backed by an association that will soon celebrate 30 years of leadership. Content is organized into relevant criminal-defense specific topics and offers meaningful engagement with criminal defense bar practitioners whether they are situated in public defender offices or in private practice. PACDL has loyal and engaged members – with a membership boasting 1000 criminal defense lawyers and growing. Your message will reach decision makers who are looking to partner with solution providers like yours. Promote your message to our membership through our digital advertising channel. Click here for advertising rate information.
The MEMBERS-ONLY section is password-protected and limited to members of PACDL. If you are a member of PACDL and would like to obtain a password, please contact us.
One of the valuable benefits of membership to PACDL is access to our extensive Brief Bank, a digital library of briefs written and submitted by our members.
The PACDL Listserv is a private email-based discussion group for members of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Find a Lawyer
We are pleased to offer a searchable database of criminal defense lawyers in Pennsylvania. Click here to search our membership by name or county.