Members: LibertyWatch | Brief Bank | PACDL Listserv | Member List | District Court Information 

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

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

2014 Joint Annual Meeting
12 credit hours
Thursday and Friday, April 24 & 25, 2014
The Harrisburg Hilton
1 N. Second Street
Harrisburg, PA

2014 White Collar Practice
12 credit hours
November 13-14, 2014
The Ritz Carlton
Philadelphia, PA




New Members Only Section: U.S. District Court addresses and counties of jurisdiction in Pennsylvania.

PACDL now accepts credit cards.

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.

To learn more about the benefits of a membership with the PACDL, click here.



Simon to be President of NACDL

Ted Simon, long time PACDL Member, will make history in Philadelphia when he becomes President of NACDL at their 2014 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia later this summer. Make plans to attend this meeting and help us cheer Ted on by clicking the link below:


2014 NACDL Annual Meeting - July 30 - August 2, 2014

4/8/14 PACDL files joint Amicus with NACDL in the Third Circuit


Swetz named President of PACDL

Stroudsburg attorney James A Swetz was elected President of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at our recent annual meeting in Harrisburg.

A Yonkers, N.Y., native and Villanova University School of Law cum laude graduate, Swetz helped found Cramer, Swetz & McManus, one of Monroe County's largest law firms, in Stroudsburg. Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, he has defended many high-profile criminal cases in state and federa1 courts throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and was listed in Philadelphia Magazine as one of Pennsylvania's top criminal defense lawyers in 2007 and 2009 through 2012.


For a full listing of our 2013 - 2014 Officers and Directors, click here.

PACDL letter to Franklin County Bench regarding the “Early Accountability Program.”

Expert Witnesses in Sexual Assault Cases -- see Brief Bank tab in Member's Only section


Member Services

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.

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.








Find a lawyer

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.

LibertyWatch Online

LibertyWatch Online is the online version of the newsletter that is mailed to PACDL members, featuring updates of important criminal decisions from Pennsylvania's Appellate Courts. To view a sample page, click here.


PACDL accepts checks, Visa and Mastercard as payment options.

Visa   Mastercard

Home Find a Lawyer PACDL benefits PACDL Calendar of Events Links PACDL Products Contact Us