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Criminal Defense PACDL: Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Gavel and Bill of Rights
Defending your rights in Pennsylvania since 1988

Calendar of Events

2018 Joint Annual Conference
April 26-27, 2018
The Harrisburg Hilton
Harrisburg, PA
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Defending Drug Crimes
May 18, 2018
The Crowne Plaza
King of Prussia, PA

White Collar Practice
November 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Capital Cases
December 2018
King of Prussia, PA


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An Affiliate of NACDL: The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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PACDL Adopts New Bylaws at its 2017 Annual Membership Meeting

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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.

PACDL Elects New Board Officers and Directors


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 Social Media and Listserv Policy: The PACDL Listserv is a private email-based discussion group for members of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Participation is governed by PACDL's Social Media and Listserv Policy.


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Thank you to our Annual Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor:


Gold Sponsor:

Law Offices of Arthur T. Donato

Silver Sponsors:

MacElree Harvey, Ltd

Stradley Ronan

Post and Schell, P.C.

JD Law, P.C.

Patron Sponsors:

Myers, Brier and Kelly LLP

Montgomery McCracken Walker and Rhoads