The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is open to law students and attorneys admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania who are actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases. An attorney who holds judicial or prosecutorial office is ineligible to become or remain a member of the Association. PACDL members receive a personalized certificate of membership, the newsletter, "Liberty Watch", discounts on seminar fees, the PACDL handbook, and the knowledge that they have contibuted to the goals and financial stability of the Association.
To obtain a membership application, click here. This application is an Adobe Acrobat file. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you can download a free copy here. Print and complete the application and mail it to:
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
115 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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Join forces with over 600 private criminal defense practitiones and public defenders dedicated to the preservation of the adversary system of justice, which had worked so well until the "war" on drugs. Since 1988, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' efforts have resulted in substantial benefits to members and their clients by providing: access to our extensive Brief Bank, help from the Lawyers Assistance Strike Force, assistance from the Amicus Committee, advice from the Hotline Panel of Experts, and in-depth resource materials.
PACDL organizes the best accredited CLE seminars in the state for criminal defense lawyers. Click here to view the current schedule of seminars.
The association's newsletter features updates of important criminal decisions from the United States Supreme Court and Pennsylvania's Appellate Courts, articles on cutting edge criminal law topics and association news. The printed version is mailed out to members bi-monthly, the online version is updated monthly.
LibertyWatch online is a members-only service. To view a sample page, click here.
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.
Have a sticky issue that you need advice on? Get fast feedback using the PACDL Listserv to contact other PACDL members.