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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

2016 Search and Seizure
September 23, 2016
Hotel Monaco
Pittsburgh, PA
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White Collar Practice Seminar
12 CLE Credit Hours
November 10 & 11, 2016
The Union League of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
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Capital Case Skills Training with Mock Jury
Rule 801 Credits (6 Hours)
December 9, 2016
Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
King of Prussia
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DUI and Motor Vehicle CLE Summit for Criminal Defense Practitioners
February 10, 2017
The Hotel Hershey
Hershey, PA
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2017 Joint Annual Conference
April 27 & 28, 2017
The Harrisburg Hilton
1 N. Second Street
Harrisburg, PA
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An Affiliate of NACDL: The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers website.

The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is a group comprised of law students and attorneys admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and who are actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases.

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The phrase "thumb on the scale" refers to a corrupting influence. Its historic origin comes from stories of dishonest butchers who would place a thumb on the shop scale to falsely increase the weight of the product in order to sell it for more than it was worth. Eight years after the election of this nation's first African-American President, race still remains a thumb on the scale of justice. This is no surprise to criminal defense lawyers. The thumb on the criminal justice scale crops up, both subtly and not-so-subtly, in police investigations, charging decisions, jury selection, juror [and judicial] perception of defendants, and sentencings.

PACDL joined in an amicus brief in support of the petition for writ of certiorari in Walter v. Commonwealth [Click here to read the brief] that was co-authored by Professor Jules Epstein, Temple University, Beasley School of Law and Professor Catherine Grosso, a member of the Michigan State University College of Law faculty Unfortunately, certiorari was denied on January 25, 2016.



Read all the 2015 President's Messages


For a full listing of our 2016 - 2017 Officers and Directors, click here.



Member Services

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Brief Bank

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.

PACDL Listserv

The PACDL Listserv is a private email-based discussion group for members of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.



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