Committees and Chapters
PACDL's success is guided and supported by the extraordinary efforts and volunteer service of its committees and task forces. The Association has established a number of committees and ad hoc task forces to address issues that affect PACDL members as well as execute the strategic direction of the Association. Committee chairpersons are voting members of the Assoication and are appointed by the PACDL President. There are many opportunities for members to become involved, give back to the Association, work with fellow members, grow their leadership skills, and broaden their professional network. Committee involvement is often a prerequisite for a member to serve on the PACDL Board of Directors.
Each committee has a specific purpose. While serving on a committee is voluntary, the committees do serious work requiring participants to be engaged and use their skills to accomplish the committee's task and goals. Committee appointments are for 12 months. Their meetings occur primarily via conference calls every quarter or at a conference or seminar. Your time commitment averages 1 to 2 hours per month. Achieving committees' goals and positioning PACDL as the premier resource for criminal defense attorneys in Pennsylvania is directly related to your active participation. Committees where you may wish to share your knowledge include: Advocacy, Amicus, Education, Indigent Defense, Lawyers' Assistance Strike Force, New Lawyers, Platform, Publications, Rules, and White Collar Practice.
The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers hosts three Regional Chapters -- the Allegheny County Chapter, the Delaware County Chapter, and the Philadelphia Chapter. These Chapters host regional networking and social events and work on local criminal defense rules impacting their practices. Through participation in these Chapters, many of these attorneys develop strong mentoring relationships.