Board of Directors

The Board of Directors exercises the oversight and management of the Association's business and risk management needs and strategic direction.  The Board desires to create a governance structure that is comprised of directors with a diverse mix of skills, experience, expertise, and perspectives.  It seeks to ensure that fresh perspectives are provided and that experience, continuity, and stability exist on the Board.  The Board of Directors has outlined general board responsibilities for the board overall and individual board member responsibilities that include personal giving expectations and time and energy commitments. 

Annually, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers seeks nominations to the Board of Directors. Applicants interested in serving should submit a letter of interest that details their service to the Association, their leadership experience and their qualifications to between October 31 and December 31.  Each year, the Board Governance Committee reviews those nominations and prepares a slate of officers that is considered by the members at their Annual Membership Meeting in April. Board members elected at the Annual Membership Meeting serve for a three-year term.

2018 Slate of Officers.  The Board Governance Committee, as allowed in Article VIII, Section 3 of the Bylaws of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL), presents the candidates listed below to serve as officers of PACDL for 2018-2019.  Brad Winnick as the current PACDL President-Elect shall ascend to the office of President in 2018 without election. 
President:            Bradley A. Winnick, Chief of Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office, Harrisburg
President-Elect:   Peter E. Kratsa of MacElree & Harvey, Ltd., West Chester
Vice President, Western District:     Thomas J. Farrell of Farrell & Reisinger, Pittsburgh
Vice President, Middle District:        Patrick A. Casey, Myers, Brier & Kelly LLP, Scranton
Vice President, Eastern District:      Brian J. McMonagle, of McMonagle, Perri, McHugh & Mischak of Philadelphia
Treasurer:                                        Wana Saadzoi of The Law Offices of Wana Saadzoi, Media
Secretary:                                         Jason S. Dunkle of JD Law, State College
Election of Directors.  Furthermore, the Board Governance Committee, in accordance with PACDL’s Bylaws, presents the members listed below for election at the Annual Membership Meeting to the Board of Directors for a term of three years.   
Jordan Barnett of the Defender Association of Philadelphia
Laurel Brandstetter of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Pittsburgh
David R. Erhard of Steve Rice Law, Gettysburg
Ronald H. Levine of Post & Schell, Philadelphia
Nicole Sloane, Erie County Public Defender’s Office, Erie
William J. Winning of Cozen O’Connor, West Conshohocken
Petition of Additional Candidates.  PACDL’s Bylaws provide that any member of the Association qualified to vote may nominate by petition any other Member qualified to hold office or himself/herself. Only a voting member whose dues are current at the time of his or her candidacy may be a candidate.  If you seek to nominate another member qualified to hold office or nominate yourself, you must submit a written nomination petition signed by at least twenty (20) members who are qualified to vote and whose dues are current at the time of the signature on the petition.  Petitions must be submitted to PACDL headquarters no later than March 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  Please contact Beth Winters, PACDL’s executive director at or 717.234.7403 if you want a nominating petition form.