Donate

Your Financial Support is Needed! 

Over the past several years, Pennsylvania's criminal justice system has been assailed and not without damage.
  • According to a 2018 Capital Punishment Report released by the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission, "[t]he current state of capital jurisprudence in Pennsylvania is impaired."
  • Further, the Pennsylvania State Sentencing Commision is vetting the adoption of a sentence risk assessment instrument that will use gender as a factor to predict recidivism and an algorithim that has a positive predictive value for "high risk" cases at 52% -- slightly better than an even chance.
Equal justice is not rhetoric. PACDL seeks to preserve the rule of law and the freedoms enshrined in the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions. Toward that end, PACDL has created three channels in which you can help eliminate the criminal justice policy vacuum, support advocates who work around the clock to protect individual liberties, and help those who share their thought leadership with their colleagues so they can benefit from their experiences.

Bernie Siegel Memorial Scholarship. The Association seeks to provide financial scholarships to deserving Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers across the Commonwealth who require financial assistance to participate in the Association's capital case seminars.  The partial or full scholarships for PACDL's capital case CLE seminars are available to any PACDL member who seeks to satisfy their Rule 801 credits. Give today online by completing this form. Your contribution will go to PACDL, a 501(c)(6) association.  Please contact your tax advisor regarding your available business deduction under the Tax Code.

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation for Justice.  Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors, the Foundation was incorporated in 2017 and seeks opportunities to advance policy changes to ensure a fair and balanced criminal justice system -- where equality before the law and liberty equally applicable to all individuals take the front seat.  Complementing its policy advocacy, the Foundation intends to be a respected research contributor by providing a balanced perspective to the well-publiciized and embedded advocates of law enforcement.  This is your opportunity to invest in our initial funding round. 

Help us restore a balanced, common sense perspective to criminal justice administration and help defense attorneys effectively represent the accused and ensure that client constitutionally guaranteed rights are protected. Give today by clicking on this link.  Your charitable donation will be a contribution to the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and may be tax deductible.  Please check with your tax advisor. 

The Foundation is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations (Reg. No.113347).  This solicitation is limited to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and does not apply in states where registration is required.


PACDL 2018 Annual Appeal.  For over 30 years, PACDL has been serving as the voice for the defense.  Whether you are a public defender, conflict counsel, a solo practitioner or a member of a law firm, we serve you.  Our amicus briefs have been relied upon in cases and effectuated positive change.  Our Lawyers Assistance Strike Force has your back when facing contempt charges as you protect your clients' rights.  And our Advocacy Committee weighs in on relevant and timely issues before the General Assembly and other Commissions. Your gift will help sustain all of those efforts.  Give today by completing this donation form.  
In Memoria of Bernie L. Siegel.  He was a criminal lawyer and educator who passed away on January 17, 2012.  As a solo practitioner in Philadelphia, he engaged in crininal defense since 1986 and was involved in several high profile cases.  He supported the criminal defense bar as a co-founder of PACDL, becoming president from 2007-2008. 

He also was a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Philiadelphia Bar Assoociation, Criminal Justice Section and the Alan Jay Josel Advocacy Award from PACDL in 2005. He was an adjunct professor of law at La Salle University for 10 years and taught advanced criminal trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at Temple University's Beasley School of Law.  He was a contributing author to the books, "Pennsylvania Grand Jury Practice" and "By No Extraordinary Means."  

Why Stand With PACDL

"PACDL members should know that PACDL is your second chair." 
-- Sara M. Webster, Past President (1997-1998)

"Protecting the limitations on Government authority is the fabric of democracy.  Every day you take the Government to task for an accused, you add a stitch to a broken tapestry.  Don't ever forget that PACDL stands with you and supports your efforts." 
-- Joel Trigiani, Past President (1996-1997)