Every year, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honors the service of members for their influence on the Association and beyond. The awards are made for outstanding contributions to the field of criminal defense law. Below are the list of awards delineated in PACDL's Bylaws. Our award nominations are now closed. They will reopen in January 2022. If you want to nominate an individual, please complete the interactive form and submit it to PACDL.
The Liberty Award - Presented to an individual, group or organization in recognition of a continuing commitment to the principles of liberty and equal justice under the law. The deserving recipient is selected by the President after consultation with the other officers.
The Charles P. Gelso President's Award - Presented to a member in special appreciation of outstanding contributions to the Association. The award recipient is chosen by the President.
President's and Directors' Commendation(s) - Presented at the discretion of the President and Directors to a member or members in recognition of special contributions to the Association during the previous year. Recipient(s) are determined by the officers and a member of the Board of Directors designated by the officers.
The Alan Jay Josel Advocacy Award - Presented to a member in recognition of extraordinary advocacy in one or more cases, causes or issues during the previous year. The award recipient is selected by the President after consultation with the association officers.