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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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Annual Membership Meeting Scheduled for April 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

In accordance with the current bylaws of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL), notice is now given that PACDL’s annual meeting of the membership shall be held on the date and time and for the purposes specified below:

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Place: Harrisburg Hilton
1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Time: 5:00 p.m.

1) Article VII - Election of Board Members and Officers. At the annual meeting, officers and directors shall be elected by a majority vote by secret ballot of members, in good standing and voting. Members in good standing who attend the annual meeting of the Association are eligible to vote. Furthermore, any member of the Association qualified to vote may nominate any other member qualified to hold office by forwarding to the executive director at 115 State Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 or, a written petition for such nomination signed by at least twenty (20) members in good standing no later than thirty (30) days prior to the said annual business meeting.

2) Article XIV – Amendments to Bylaws. The board of directors has proposed amendments to the bylaws of the Association. A copy of the proposed bylaws can be found here.

3) Article VI – Proposal to Form a 501(c)(3) Organization.

4) Article X - Ratification of the Membership Dues. The Board recommends ratifying the 2017 membership rates, eliminating the benefactor membership class, and changing eligibility for the new lawyer and lifetime membership categories.

Board Approved Rates
Public Defender$90$125
New Lawyer*$150TBD
BenefactorEliminate category

*Current new lawyer rate applies to those admitted to practice five years or less. The board-approved rate applies to those lawyers admitted to the PA bar for three years or less.
** Proposed and approved lifetime member rate makes the Lifetime rate available to those aged 45 years and above.
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